Saturday, June 22, saw the conclusion of the 2013 session of Bluebonnet Girls State. After a closing assembly that included remarks by Governor Madison Huerta, 500 citizens left Texas Lutheran University to take what each learned at Girls State home to her community.
Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Chase Lalouette of Harker Heights (ALA Unit 560) and Kirsten Wolfford of Orange (ALA Unit 447) will represent Texas at Girls Nation in July. First alternate is Sarah Lanford of Houston (ALA Unit 658), and second alternate is Mattie Lastovica of Fredericksburg (ALA Unit 291). 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 2013” by their fellow citizens. They are Laura Boshart (City A), Annie Sides (City B), Katie Steinhauser (City C), Hallie Skansi (City D), Madison Huerta (City E), Michelle Deveau (City F), Kendall Duke (City G), Carly Knapp (City H), Tala Raus (City I), Megan Rose (City J), Chloe Lewis (City K), and Paige Cheatham (City L).
Girls State visited the State Capitol today for legislative sessions, swearing in of newly elected state officials, and a picnic on the grounds. Some Girls State citizens were able to meet their hometown representatives or legislators — one benefit of the Texas Legislature being in a special session. After returning to TLU, citizens took part in some county activities, a silent auction, lottery drawing, and talent show. Girls State concludes tomorrow after our final assembly.
The Federal Party carried the state election by winning 5 out of 9 officials against the National Party. The Constitutional Amendment mandating annual sessions also passed this evening. Officials will be sworn into office tomorrow.
The State officials are:
Governor: Madison Huerta
Lieutenant Governor: Tala Raus
Attorney General: Jacq Kasemsri
Comptroller: Maya Fitzpatrick
Commissioner, General Land Office: Abigail Davis
Commissioner of Agriculture: Jordan Janke
Railroad Commissioner: Kayti Stanley
Judge- Court of Criminal Appeals: Chloe Lewis
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Dejanara Mangiameli
Citizens heard all of their party’s candidates for both county and statewide offices Wednesday afternoon. Then citizens got their chance to vote for their choice for nominee to battle it out Thursday in the general election. The full day was capped by election results following some displays of outstanding citizen talent and a few fun staff songs.
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 18, 2013 to pick their state party officials.
State Federal Party officials are Chair Kaytlen James, Vice-Chair Aryn Cliff, House Whip Maggie Mathis and Senate Whip Natalie Mackie.
State National Party Officials are Chair Annie Sides, Vice-Chair Katelyn Moody, House Whip Claire Steinman and Senate Whip Alondra Ramirez.
For a complete list of party officials, including county and precinct chairwomen, please download the 2013 edition of The Bluebonnet, the official newsletter of the Bluebonnet Girls State program.