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Released May 19, 2005

NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS TO SHARE INSIDE SCOOP ON POLITICS DURING SOUTHERN MISS’ GIRLS STATE 2005

HATTIESBURG – It will soon be election time at The University of Southern Mississippi, when nearly 400 girls from across the state participate in the 58th Annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, May 28-June 3, at the university’s Hattiesburg campus to learn about the state’s and nation’s political process.

The group will spend a week participating in mock political conventions, elections, trials and city projects in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”

Guest speakers for the event include U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering and his father, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Charles Pickering; Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph; Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck; Secretary of State Eric Clark; Steve Guyton; and Insurance Commissioner George Dale.

“Our speakers give the delegates valuable information about how our government works,” said Girls State Director Kathy Dungan.

Dungan said past participants often tell her how much the program helped shape their lives and opened up opportunities for them. “We encourage the girls to return to their communities and get involved to help make their communities and the world a better place.”

For more information on Girls State 2005, please contact Mary Ann Iverson at (601) 266-5682 or Kathy Dungan at (601) 359-2100.

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July 28, 2005 10:51 AM