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Girls State 2019 Delegates Elect Executive Officers, Girls Nation Senators

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:51pm

Girls State 2019 executive officers include, from left, Nadia McKenzie of Ellisville, governor; Jordan Smith of Hattiesburg, lieutenant governor; Sylver Garcia of Wiggins, attorney general; Sara Burden White of West, secretary of state; Haley Dean of Saltillo, state treasurer; Abigail Buress of Smithdale, state auditor; Jennah Williams of Carriere, commissioner of insurance; and Anna Carter of Pelahatchie, commissioner of agriculture.

Delegates to the 2019 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, held June 2-7 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, recently elected executive officers for the state of “Magnolia,” include Nadia McKenzie of Ellisville, governor; Jordan Smith of Hattiesburg, lieutenant governor; Sylver Garcia of Wiggins, attorney general; Sara Burden White of West, secretary of state; Haley Dean of Saltillo, state treasurer; Abigail Buress of Smithdale, state auditor; Jennah Williams of Carriere, commissioner of insurance; and Anna Carter of Pelahatchie, commissioner of agriculture.

Delegates also selected Elizabeth Jane Downing of Jackson and Breanna Masterson of Petal as Girls Nation Senators.

Approximately 300 rising female high school seniors from across Mississippi participated in the weeklong program of civic education, which teaches the mechanics of representative government with hands-on activities. The delegates also heard from, and interacted with, local and statewide elected officials who gave their take on careers in public service and the importance of participatory citizenship. 

For more information about American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, visit www.missala.com (USM photos by Kelly Dunn).