Sarah Lanford, Speaker of the House, and a 2013 citizen, works in Washington D.C. at a legislative monitoring firm. For the 2017 session of Girls State, she is serving as Speaker of the House. Her favorite memory from Girls State was winning the Federalist party nomination for Chief Justice of the Court of Criminal Appeals and running down the gym aisles with her junior counselors.
Neethi Nayak, President of the Senate, was a citizen in 2012. She graduated from Rice University in 2017 with a double major in Policy Studies and Sociology. She will soon start a research fellowship as a Wagoner Fellow in Costa Rica. She is an active member of the American Association of University Women and co founded a campus chapter. A proud member of the zero club, Neethi is thrilled to be serving as President of the Senate.
Emi Hobart, Head Legislative Assistant, and a 2014 citizen, Emi was nominated and selected for the House Floor Leader for the National Party. She attends Texas A&M University where she will be majoring in Political Science. Her favorite Girls State memory is making lifelong friends.
Mackenzie Young is from The Colony, and studies Chemistry at Southern Methodist University. Her favorite memory from Girls State was participating in the Legislature. She loves coming back to Girls State to help bring this incredible program to the brightest of the upcoming generations.
Devin Powell a 2016 citizen, Devin was a House Floor Leader. She is from Houston, Texas and attends The University of Texas Austin. She majors in Mathematics with a focus on statistical analysis. Her favorite Girls State memory is debating legislation at the State Capitol.
Emma Watson a 2015 citizen (and a loud and proud zero), Emma attends Texas A&M University and studies Public Health. Her favorite Girls State memories were made in the Bill Room and on the House floor as a citizen, and she hopes to make that true for future citizens.
Gennie Mansi a 2015 citizen, Gennie studies Statistical Science at Baylor University. Girls State was an exceptionally thrilling experience for her, and she is thankful that she is returning to assist citizens as they grow and develop through the challenges presented to them in the House.