Kailey Peck was a citizen in 2009. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014 with degree in History and a minor in Secondary Education. Her favorite Girls State song is “I’ve been Everywhere,” and her favorite part of Girls State is Capitol Day. She teaches AP US History and IB History of the Americas.
Shelby Igaz attended Southern Methodist University where she majored in International Studies and graduated in 2014. Shelby was a citizen in 2010 and says she loves the program because of its dedication to training young, strong women to be great leaders, and the singing is great too. Shelby has previously been a JC, SC, and County Coordinator. Since graduation, Shelby has lived in Nashville to start her music career and now lives in Los Angeles where she works with a global lifestyle brand.
Dhru Gopaluni is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Management Science & Engineering. She currently works in D.C. as a data scientist. Girls State was an incredible experience for her, and she is so honored to be able to give back to the organization and program that gave her so much. Dhruti hopes she can uphold the values and share the lessons she learned during her time as a citizen and a staff member.
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 listening to debate.
Devin Powell was a Girls State Citizen in 2016. Since graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Mathematics, she has worked in the Texas Legislature and is starting a career in software engineering. Devin’s favorite Girls State memories are writing bills and debating during session.
Erin Swearingen was a Girls State citizen in 2017, and loved writing and debating bills during her session. She is a Government major at the University of Texas, where she competes in speech and forensics. She is very happy to be a part of the Girls State family.