CITY A: Taylor Wright attended Girls State in 2016 and served as the Senate Floor Leader. She enjoys GS because of the community of empowered, passionate women around her. Taylor attends Stanford University and majors in Management Science and Engineering. She sings as a member of Stanford Talisman.
CITY B: Paige Brann attends the University of Chicago where she will major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Her favorite moment at Girls State was singing the Girls State song on the last day with all her friends. Erin Swearingen was a Girls State citizen in 2017, and loved writing and debating bills during her session. She will attend the University of Texas as a government major and compete in speech and debate. She is very happy to be a part of the Girls State family.
CITY C: Lauren Bannister is from Midlothian and will attend The King’s College in NYC to study Journalism, Culture and Society. Lauren’s favorite thing about Girls State is the feeling of girl power and being able to empower other women. Sophia Paolo is from Dallas. She attends Southern Methodist University and studies mechanical engineering and public policy. Her favorite memory from Girls State is writing legislation and hearing debates.
CITY D: Sara Regian is from Rockwall Heath and will attend Texas Tech in the fall to get on the prelaw track. Her favorite Girls State memory is meeting and developing her relationship with her roommate during her citizen year. Kendra Hess attends Oklahoma State University where she studies civil and environmental engineering. Her favorite part about Girls State is that it empowers young women to take ownership of their passions and channel them into governmental involvement.
CITY E: Mia Hernandez is from Bastrop. She attends University of Texas Austin where she studies environmental engineering and business management with a minor in political science. Her favorite memory from girls state was being inaugurated at the Capitol. Sydney Rubey is a Biology and Pre-Med student at Abilene Christian University. She is in the Honors College. Sydney’s favorite GS memory is when her SC filed her as a candidate for the wrong office. She laughed it off and had fun with it.
CITY F: Marianna Miller will study International Business & Economics at Texas A&M’s business school in the fall. Marianna’s favorite memory is debating her bill at the Capitol, and she is honored to be back at Girls State. Ingrid Piña plans to study Mandarin in Taiwan for a year with NSLI-Y, then she will attend UT Austin as an International Relations/Liberal Arts Honors major and a Dedman Distinguished Scholar. She is always happy to be at Girls State; her favorite memory is singing in the Capitol.
CITY G: Mackenzie Bush is from Bulverde and will study Environmental Science at the University of Alabama. Her favorite thing about Girls State is singing along to the songs at assemblies and meeting new people. Avery Allen attends Baylor University where she studies Pre-Health Sciences on the Pre-Med track. Her favorite thing about Girls State is the forever friends she has made. Avery comes back to Girls State because it is a place where she feels so loved and welcomed.
CITY H: Nafisa Ahmed attends Princeton University where she studies within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During her session, she served as Floor Leader, performed in the talent show, and enjoyed exploring different perspectives during debate. Lauren Moses is from Dallas and attends the University of Mississippi where she studies Accounting and Political Science. Her favorite Girls State memory was during closing ceremonies as we all joined hands to sing God Bless the U.S.A and came together as a community to remember the sacrifices of those who fight to protect our freedoms.
CITY I: Addison Walker was a citizen in 2017. She ran for Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Her favorite thing about Girls State is the friendships that are gained and the empowerment of young women. Addison will attend Texas A&M in the fall and major in Political Science. Sarah Prichard attends the University of North Texas where she studies English. She plans to become a journalist and become certified to teach. She is from Rockwall and her favorite part about Girls State is that she feels like her best and most authentic self when she is there.
CITY J: Chloe Thomas attended Girls State in 2017 and served as a city councilwoman. Chloe loves Girls State because of the friendships and memories she has created. She will attend Baylor in the fall and plans to major in elementary education. AP Velasco attends George Washington University in D.C. and majors in International Relations. Her favorite Girls State memory is walking the Senate floor as a Floor Leader. AP loves coming back from Girls State because she believes that this is a place where magic happens and the future is made.
CITY K: Meara Patterson is from Orange and will be attending the American Musical and Dramatic Arts College and Conservatory in New York City. Her favorite memory at Girl State was running for office and having the support from all of the Girl State staff and citizens that made her session great! Breely Peterson is from Round Rock. She attends Southwestern University where she swims and majors in Pre-Law Political Science. Her favorite thing about Girls State is the lifelong connections and friends she’s made that she will cherish forever.
CITY L: Claire Noel is from Spring. In the fall she will attend Rice University to study Political Science and Social Policy Analysis. Claire’s favorite Girls State memory was standing in the chamber of the Texas House of Representatives singing “God Bless the USA” on Capitol Day. Tara Wunderlich is from Montgomery and plans to attend Texas A&M this fall where she will major in Biomedical Sciences. Her favorite Girls State memory is the late night talks with her fellow city members and counselors during her citizen year.
CITY M: Yaiika Fernandez attends Austin Community College and will soon be a student of UT Austin. During Yaiika’s citizen year, she was her city’s Health Officer. Yaiika’s favorite part of Girls State was making long term friends. Perry Hector attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies Business. Perry loves Girls State for many reasons; one of them is the connections formed with such a diverse group of amazing people who empower each other.
CITY N: Originally from Kingwood Haley Hefner attends Texas A&M and studies Mechanical Engineering. When Haley was a citizen she was elected Federal House Whip. Haley loves Girls State and credits it for making her more confident and bold. Jennah Janak is from Angleton and is studying Horticulture at Texas A&M University. Jennah held the position of Police Chief for her city during her citizen year. Her favorite Girls State memory is singing with all the staff and citizens in the House Chamber on Capitol Day.