Cities Get Going

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Citizens followed up the great lecture by Associate Director Stephanie McDonald on local government by organizing and adopting their city charters. Each city’s charter establishes their corporate limits and powers of annexation, sets their management structure and official offices, and grants their citizens the powers of initiative, recall and referendum. Cities then hit the ground running by electing their new city officials. The following days will see those officials function here at Girls State.

This year’s cities are City A All Stars, City B Ballers, City C Campers, City D Daisies, City E Emojis, City F Fortunetellers, City G Genies, City H Holidays, City I Instagrammers, City J Jellyfish, City K Kiwis, City L Llamas, City M Magicians and City N Nerds.

Inaugural Bluebonnet Cup Goes to City A

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City A won the 2014 Bluebonnet Cup. For the first time ever, Girls State held a competition in which cities were awarded points for participation in legislative sessions, elections, lectures, and talent shows. Congratulations to City A and their counselors Allie Benson, Ali Colurciello and Megan Rose.

2014 Outstanding Citizens

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Each city at Girls State selected an Outstanding Citizen, who were all recognized by Girls State Director Lori Swann on Saturday, June 21st.

City A: Sonia Torres; City B: Caitlin Fowler; City C: Mary Floreani; City D: Noelia Collins; City E: Sierra Lanier; City F: Dorothy Turner; City G: Avery Aiken; City H: Elisa Notzon; City I: Sarah Chamberlain; City J: Abbie Johnson; City K: Emily Hobart; City L: Emma Weatherford

Focusing on City Government

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Today Citizens followed up the great lecture by Director Stephanie McDonald on local government by organizing and adopting their city charters. Each city’s charter establishes their corporate limits and powers of annexation, sets their management structure and official offices, and grants their citizens the powers of initiative, recall and referendum. Cities then hit the ground running by electing those new city officials. The following days will see those officials function here at Girls State.

2011 Opening Assembly

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The 2011 session of Bluebonnet Girls State is officially underway!  We started off the morning with our opening assembly.  Our director Connie Bridges welcomed citizens and introduced the staff.  Betty Mathies, Mayor of Seguin, welcomed us to the city, and Commander Ken Mueller brought greetings from the American Legion, Department of Texas.  This marks our 42nd session at Texas Lutheran University, and TLU Interim President Robert Vogel encouraged citizens to be better than they think they can be.  Diana King, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, listed several ALA service projects in which the girls can participate.  The ceremony culminated with a speech from 2010 Girls State Governor Lauren Gainer, who offered citizens words of advice from her experience at Girls State and challenged citizens to see opportunities in their future endeavors.  She also shared inspirational quotations from Randy Pausch, author of “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, and one quotation in particular from theologian Frederick Buechner: “Your calling is where your passions meet the world’s needs.”  Today we also establish the structures of our cities by drafting our city charters and electing our city officials.

2011 Girls State Session Underway

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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.