The 16th edition of The Bluebonnet is now available for download! Read about our elected officials, talent show participants, and more in our annual newsletter. Suitable for printing out and putting in scrapbooks. Spread the word–tell all your fellow citizens to download the ultimate Bluebonnet Girls State memento.
The 15th edition of The Bluebonnet is now available for download! Read about our elected officials, guest speakers, and more in our annual newsletter. Suitable for printing out and putting in scrapbooks. Spread the word–tell all your fellow citizens to download the ultimate Bluebonnet Girls State memento.
Enjoy some of the Reflections on the 2011 Session of Bluebonnet Girls State shared by citizens and staff.
Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Anna Rigby of League City (ALA Unit 554) and Aanchal Saraf of The Woodlands (ALA Unit 305) will represent Texas at Girls Nation in July. First alternate is Hailey Knab of Pottsboro (ALA Unit 231), and second alternate is Keni Sabath of Missouri City (ALA Unit 77). Girls Nation “senators” meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for office, enact legislation and meet with Representatives and Senators.
Twelve citizens were chosen “Outstanding Citizens of 2011” by their peers. They are Kaitlin Phillips (City A), Carson Alsop (City B), Pronoma Debnath (City C), Stephanie Bossert (City D), Christina Faseler (City E), Anna Rigby (City F), Aanchal Saraf (City G), Tara McCullough (City H), Heather Cox (City I), Hailey Stevenson (City J), Lexi Edwards (City K), and Irene Cofie (City L).
On Thursday, June 16th, National Party candidate Keni Sabath was elected 2011 Bluebonnet Girls State Governor. Tia Watson was elected Lieutenant Governor. Other winners were Irene Cofie, Attorney General; Stephanie Bossert, Comptroller of Public Accounts; Hailey Stevenson, Commissioner of General Land; Fallon Boenig, Agricultural Commissioner; Aanchal Saraf, Railroad Commissioner; Anna Rigby, Presiding Judge of Court of Criminal Appeals; Casey Jo Knapp, Chief Justice of Supreme Court. Citizens also approved a constitutional amendment that establishes annual legislative sessions.
These officials will be sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Austin Friday, where they will also participate in a legislative session.
Because the Girls State program is entirely non-partisan, citizens operate with mock political parties. They elect precinct, county and state party officials and write their own party platform. The National and Federal parties convened June 14, 2011 to pick their state party officials. State Federal Party officials are Chair Miriam Felder, Vice-Chair Tara McCullough, House Whip Montana Blair, Senate Whip Paloma Rivera. State National Party Officials are Chair Kallie Fuchs, Vice-Chair Jenna Dunn, House Whip Vinamrata Singel, Senate Whip Sarah Gates. For a complete list of party officials, including county and precinct chairwomen, please download the 2011 edition of The Bluebonnet, the official newsletter of the Bluebonnet Girls State program.
By plane, bus, and automobile, 485 young women from all over Texas traveled to Texas Lutheran University in Seguin to take part in the 67th session of Bluebonnet Girls State. Registration began at noon on June 12 and participants were organized into twelve “cities” with between 30 and 50 “citizens.” They met their roommates and neighbors and were welcomed by their counselors. That evening Stephanie McDonald, Policy Director for City of Austin Councilwoman Sheryl Cole, delivered a lecture on local government. Less than 48 hours after arrival, each new community will have written their own charter and elected city officials.