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