Girls Nation and Outstanding Citizens Announced

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Left to right: Ghormley, Jowers, Pop and Watson
Left to right: Ghormley, Jowers, Pop and Watson

On Saturday, June 20th, Director Lori Swann announced that Cristina Pop and Emma Watson were selected to attend Girls Nation later this summer.  Pop lives in Carrollton and was sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 597 of Carrollton. Watson of Highland Village was sponsored by Marcus High School and ran for a state office.  Pop was elected Federal Party State Chair.

First alternate is Elizabeth Jowers (Wylie, Unit 315) and second alternate is Cate Ghormley (Rockwall, Unit 974).  Jowers was selected Floor Leader in the House of Representatives for the National Party; Ghormley was elected Pecan County Attorney. 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 20th.

City A: Yasmine Wicker; City B: Lauren Spohn; City C: Mallory Langseth; City D: Ellie Butler; City E: Natalie Pravinkumar; City F: Kaylee King; City G: Mary Starnes; City H: Dee-Dee Huang; City I: Rebekah Lester; City J: Nola Bishop; City K: Katheryn Mootz; City L: Sofia Miranda-Fred; City M: Ramona Greene

City C takes 2015 Bluebonnet Cup

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On June 20th, Director Swann announced City C as the winner of the 2015 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 C Cowgirls and their counselors.

Girls State Elects Both County and State Officials!

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Left to right: Lyons, Huang, Butler, Rizvi, Greene, Adjagbodjou, Adamcik, Pravinkumar and Harris
State Officials: (l to r) Lyons, Huang, Butler, Rizvi, Greene, Adjagbodjou, Adamcik, Pravinkumar and Harris

On June 18th, both county and state officials were elected. The Federal Party took the top spot as Ramona Greene was elected Governor of the 2015 session of Bluebonnet Girls State.

Other elected state officials are: Lieutenant Governor: Hubbul Rizvi; Attorney General: Ellie Butler; Comptroller of Public Accounts: Dee-Dee Huang; Land Commissioner: Rachel Harris; Agriculture Commissioner: Amber Adamcik; Railroad Commisioner: Kara Lyons; Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals: Adinawa Adjagbodjou; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Natalie Pravinkumar.

Officials were sworn into office at the the Capitol June 19th, 2015.

Ain’t No Party Like a Girls State Party

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Left to Right: Ogle, Mansi, Pop and deBeurs
Left to Right: Ogle, Mansi, Pop and deBeurs

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 16, 2015, to pick their state party officials.

State Federal Party officials are Chair Cristina Pop, Vice-Chair Rachel Ogle, House Whip Gennie Mansi and Senate Whip Zoe deBeurs.

State National Party Officials are Chair Maria Duster, Vice-Chair Thao Pham, House Whip Sofia Miranda-Fred and Senate Whip Lauren Peters.

Left to Right: Miranda-Fred, Peters, Duster and Pham
Left to Right: Miranda-Fred, Peters, Duster and Pham

For a complete list of party officials, including county and precinct chairwomen, please download the 2015 edition of The Bluebonnet, the official newsletter of the Bluebonnet Girls State program.

Floor Leaders Chosen

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Jowers, Hamzy, Henderson, and Pickhardt (l to r)
Jowers, Hamzy, Henderson, and Pickhardt (l to r)

Floor Leaders for both the House and Senate have been chosen for the 2015 session.  In the House, Elizabeth Jowers represents the National Party and Ashley Pickhardt represents the Federal Party.  In the Senate, Ellie Hamzy represents the National Party and Hope Henderson represents the Federal Party.