Audrey Huffman, Education Coordinator: earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and LL.M. in tax law from Georgetown University Law Center. Audrey moved to NYC where she now advises corporate clients and private-equity firms relating to tax issues in mergers and acquisitions.
Marisela Castro, Chili County: was a citizen in 2012. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Civil Engineering and works in Austin with the Bureau of Reclamation. Her favorite thing about Girls State is seeing the girls become more confident in themselves throughout the week.
Katherine Seibert, Chili County: attends the Austin College and studies Economics on the pre med track. During her citizen year, she loved the challenge of debate and state elections. Girls State provides such an amazing experience and Katherine is so excited to be a part of it!
Kirsten Handler, Goff County, originally from Tomball, majors in corporate communication at The University of Texas and works as the Associate Copy Desk Chief at The Daily Texan.When she attended Girls State in 2015, Kirsten was elected City F Treasurer and sang in the talent show. She returns each year to help other young women have the same empowering experience she had her citizen year.
Anna Zimmerman, Goff County: attends Texas Tech University and is majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Studies. Her citizen year, Anna was elected to the position of City Attorney. Anna’s favorite part of Girls State is all of the amazing friendships that are created.
Paige Cheatham, Pecan County: A 2013 citizen, Paige recently graduated from Wellesley College, where she majored in Economics and minored in Africana Studies. She will be working at Accenture in New York City. Her favorite memory from Girls State was winning the city pageant and creating wonderful bonds.
Lexie Ferguson, Pecan County: attends Texas State University where she majors in Elementary Education. Her favorite Girls State memory was her citizen year when her city stayed up until midnight to wish her happy birthday! Lexie loves coming back to Girls State because she loves meeting new people and teaching young women about our government.
Cate Ghormley, Tejas County: attends Baylor University where she majors in Public Health and Human Performance. Her favorite memory from Girls State during her time as a citizen was singing all of the songs with her new found friends. Cate comes back to Girls State each year because she loves the sense of patriotism that is instilled in each of the girls, and watching the citizens bond during campaigns, meals, and talent nights.
Ileyah Tovias, Tejas County: attends Baylor University where she is an English major. Her favorite memory from Girls State is winning City Treasurer and being Song Leader. Ileyah comes back to Girls State because it’s the only place where you can simultaneously learn and form lifelong friendships.