City I is the 2016 winner of the Bluebonnet Cup. Girls State holds the annual competition for the Cup in which cities are awarded points for participation in legislative sessions, elections, lectures, and other parts of the program. Congratulations to the City I Instagrammers and their counselors for a job well done!
On Saturday, June 18th, Director Lori Swann announced that Taylor Wright and Morgan Grosch were selected to attend Girls Nation later this summer. Wright lives in Houston and was sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 127 Tomball and Grosch of Cedar Park was sponsored by ALA Unit 911 Cedar Park. Wright served as Floor Leader for the Federal Party and was also elected Precinct 2 Chair of the Federal Party of Tejas County. She also sang in the Girls State Talent Show. Grosch served as Tejas County Precinct 1 Chair.
First alternate is Emmie Bribiesca of Keller and second alternate is Lois Owolabi. Bribiesca served as the Governor for the 2016 session, while Owolabi served as the Attorney General. Congratulations to these four exceptional citizens.
Each city at Girls State selected an Outstanding Citizen, who were all recognized by Girls State Director Lori Swann on Saturday, June 18th. Outstanding Citizens are
City A: Kylee Gillenwaters; City B: Jessica Teeple; City C: AP Velasco; City D: Ashton Woods; City E: Lois Owolabi; City F: Nohely Lozano; City G: Keiko Stanberry; City H: Haley Hefner; City I: Elnora Awatt; City J: Justyn Tedder; City K: Taylor Wright; City L: Jacey Snapp; City M: Taylor Helmcamp; City N: Morgan Grosch
On Thursday, June 16th, Federal Party candidate Emmy Bribiesca was elected 2016 Bluebonnet Girls State Governor. Madison Shaw was elected Lieutenant Governor. Other winners were Lois Owolabi, Attorney General; Qi Wang, Comptroller of Public Accounts; Lauren Bentley, Commissioner of General Land; Jacey Snapp, Agricultural Commissioner; Kendra Hess, Railroad Commissioner; Thanvi Thodati, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals; Alison Yarto, Chief Justice, Supreme Court. Citizens also approved a constitutional amendment establishing annual legislative sessions.
On Tuesday Anna Beth Gorman and Myra Hester visited Girls State to share their experiences and offer advice to the citizens of the 2016 session. Anna Beth Gorman is currently the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, and she is a former citizen and staff member of Texas Bluebonnet Girls State. During her talk at Girls State, she shared with the girls that you can find a successful balance between your personal and professional life. As young women, the girls have a lot of power and should never sell themselves short.
Myra Hester is a former President, American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas. This is Ms. Hester’s 50th consecutive year serving on the staff of Texas Bluebonnet Girls State. She relayed to the girls that they are the best advocates for themselves, and that “expectations come from you.” Even though the women were generations apart, they shared a similar message of hope and achievement.
Citizens were previously treated to visits by Paula Raney, President, American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas; John McKinney, President, American Legion, Department of Texas; Don Kiel, Mayor, Seguin, Texas; and Steve Anderson, Assistant to the President for Administration and Public Affairs, Texas Lutheran University.
Floor Leaders for both the House and Senate have been chosen for the 2016 session. These ladies will be working closely with the Legislative staff and will be on the floor during House and Senate sessions to assist citizens with parliamentary procedure. For the National party, we have AP Velasco (Senate) and Devin Powell (House) and for the Federal party we have Christina Lee (House) and Taylor Wright (Senate).
The staff is ready to roll and the citizens of the 2016 session of Texas Bluebonnet Girls State have arrived. Today the girls got to explore all that Girls State has to offer. Citizens were acquainted with their counselors, cities, and even got to check out the Education and Bill room where they could learn more about Texas government.
We’re so excited to have everyone here and we look forward to an amazing session. For updates, posts, and pictures you can check back here or follow us on Facebook!