2019 Girls Nation Delegates Announced

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(L. to R.) Ganeshram, James and Swann

On Saturday, June 22nd, Director Lori Swann announced that Ashly James and Sonya Ganeshram were selected to attend Girls Nation later this summer. James lives in Longview and was sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 131. Ganeshram lives in Wichita Falls and was sponsored by ALA Unit 169.

First alternate is Mia Alejo of McAllen, ALA Unit 37 and second alternate is Aryana Azizi of The Colony, ALA Unit 21. 

Congratulations to these four exceptional citizens!

(L. to R.) Swann, Azizi and Alejo

City H Wins Bluebonnet Cup!

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The Bluebonnet Cup is awarded each year to the city who had the most girls speak in House and Senate sessions. This includes the girls submitting their bills, writing affirmative or negative debate, and moving previous question.
Congratulations to City H for taking on the challenge this year to take home the Cup, and to their encouraging counselors-Senior Counselor Aspen Real and Junior Counselors Yaiika Fernandez and Evelyn McGowan!

Floor Leaders of the 75th Session Announced

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From left to right: Godinez, Debenport, Vicens and Raghuvanshi.

House and Senate Floor Leaders for the 2019 session were announced during the opening ceremony on June 17, 2019. These citizens will be working closely with GS Legislative Staff throughout the week and will be on the floor during every House and Senate session to assist citizens with parliamentary procedure. For the National Party Camila Vicens (City I) will serve in the Senate and Kristina Godinez (City H) will serve in the House. For the Federal Party Akshita Raghuvanshi (City F) will serve in the Senate and Margaret Debenport (City G) will serve in the House.

Congratulations to these young women-this session is going to be a special one!

If You Don’t Pack It You’ll Lack It: Tips for Girls State

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We’re thrilled to see all the girls’ excited faces on the first day of session this Sunday. To keep anxieties at bay, here are tips on what to pack for your vacation to the magical mystical 51st State!

Girls in the 2018 session get ready for the flag lowering ceremony after dinner.

Clothing should be suitable for hot, summer weather, chilly indoors:
-Shorts, pants, or skirts
-Summer dresses (nice and/or casual)
-Blouses (nice and/or casual; please note crop tops not permitted)
-Red and blue clothing
-Pajamas
-Raincoat
-Shower shoes
-Lightweight jacket or sweater
-Nice dresses, slacks, and shoes are appropriate for guest speakers, the trip to the Capitol, and other special activities (3-4 should be sufficient)
-The program involves lots of walking, so bring comfortable shoes!

Other:
-Pillow, blanket, linens for a single bed
-Sufficient towels and washcloths
-Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
-Notepad and pens or pencils
-Sunscreen and bug spray
-Quotation books or other materials for speech writing
-Talent show supplies (instruments, jump ropes, batons, etc)
-Contact lenses, glasses, or lens prescription in case of loss.

***DO NOT bring prepared campaign material.*** Prepared campaign material is pre-made posters, pins, signs, or other campaign materials that is not created at Girls State. Blank poster board, butcher paper, construction paper, or markers are acceptable. Also, bring string, tacks, or masking tape to hang signs. Campaign materials and essentials may also be purchased in the Girls State Gift Shop.

Get ready for the week of your lives!

P.S. Check us out on the Texas Bluebonnet Girls State facebook page!

2018 Girls Nation Delegates & Outstanding Citizens Announced

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L to R: Alternate Shelenhamer, Alternate MacCrossan, GN Delegate Westheimer and GN Delegate Batiste

On Saturday, June 23rd, Director Lori Swann announced that Courtney Batiste and Christa Westheimer were selected to attend Girls Nation later this summer. Batiste lives in Bryan and was sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 159. Westheimer lives in Friendswood and was sponsored by ALA Unit 554.

First alternate is Helena MacCrossan of New Braunfels, ALA Unit 35 and second alternate is Abby Shelenhamer of Cypress, ALA Unit 127.  

Congratulations to these four exceptional citizens!

Fourteen citizens were chosen “Outstanding Citizens of 2018” by their fellow Girls State citizens. They are Jayme Mowery (City A), Maisey Martinez (City B), Kimberly Burns (City C), Serenity deLeon (City D), Clacey Core (City E), Emily Cole (City F), Sarah Reihm (City G), Helena MacCrossan (City H), Julia O’Connell (City I), Katie Turner (City J), Autumn Nicholas (City K), Macey Pace (City L). Leah Adams (City M) and Hannah Chavez (City N).

Thank you ladies and staff for another amazing session, and safe travels!

2018 State Officials Elected

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L. to R.: Cruz, Fleming, MacCrossan, Chavez, Martinez, De Leon, Nicholas, Johnson and Mahmalji

On Thursday, June 21st, Federal Party candidate Maisey Martinez was elected 2018 Bluebonnet Girls State Governor. Hannah Chavez was elected Lieutenant Governor. Citizens of Bluebonnet Girls State also elected Serenity De Leon, Attorney General; Helena MacCrossan, Comptroller of Public Accounts; Autumn Nicholas, Commissioner of General Land; Riley M. Johnson, Agricultural Commissioner; Jorie Fleming, Railroad Commissioner; Logan Giovanna Cruz, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals; Emily Mahmalji, Chief Justice, Supreme Court.

All elected officials will be sworn in at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.