2019 State Party Officials Elected

The Girls State program is entirely non-partisan, and the citizens operate with mock political parties. They elect precinct, county and state party officials and write their own party platform. 

On Tuesday June 18, the National and Federal parties held their annual conventions and elected their state party officials. Congratulations to these women!

For the Federal Party, Uzo Ogbanufe (City N) was elected as State Chair and Whitley Hoyland (City N) was elected State Vice Chair. The House Whip is Nikhita Sathish (City K) and the Senate Whip is Kirsten Padilla (City I).

From Left: Hoyland, Ogbanufe, Sathish, and Padilla.

In the National Party, Sadie Thibodeaux, (City B) was elected as State Chair and Celina Solis (City D) was elected State Vice Chair. The House Whip is Elise Nguyen (City I) and the Senate Whip is Ashlee Reed (City M).

From Left: Solis, Thibodeaux, Nguyen, and Reed.

Throughout the week, these ladies will inform citizens about their party’s platform, run the state general election and support bills in House and Senate which line up with party planks.

51st State Elects Party Officials

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2017 State Federal Party Officials are (l to r) Komal Karumuru, Andrea Mauri, Courtneylee Conroy and Deborah Tate

2017 State National Party Officials (l to r): Keely Wilson, Kirsten Hahn, Raychel Johnson and Annie Figeroa

Congratulations to the State Party Officials! The Girls State program is entirely non-partisan, and the 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, 2017, to pick their state party officials.

Party Platforms

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One highlight of Girls State is participating in the mock political parties, the National Party and the Federal Party. As a member of these parties, each GS citizen has a voice in creating their party platform during the state conventions. Girls create these platforms based on issues in both their fictional Girls State cities and their real home towns. This year, the National Party platform concentrated on environmental safety, education, economic reform, civil safety, and health. The Federal Party platform focused on education reform, human rights, as well as tax, environmental, and health care reforms. More information about each party’s platform follows:

Federal Party Platform:

Let it be known that the Federal Party of Bluebonnet Girls State has organized itself in support of the following goals and ideas:

I. Education Reform

  • Funding Arts and Clubs
  • Increasing teacher salaries
  • Adjusted curriculum
  • Early implementation of bilingual programs

II. Human Rights

  • Justice Reform
    • Increased training for law enforcement
    • Volunteer informational Programs
      • Police Brutality Awareness
    • Promote education for women’s rights
    • Promote education for LGBT rights

III. Tax Reform 

  • Allocate money for infrastructure and education
  • Allocate money for First Responders

IV. Environmental Reform

  • Funding recycling programs
    • Volunteer based
  • Introduction of alternative energy sources
  • Further Wildlife Preservation

V. Health Reform

  • Increase availability of insurance to reach universal coverage

VI. Infrastructure Improvement 

  • Target unemployment through infrastructure projects
  • Promote the building and funding of recreational centers
  • Promote the funding and maintenance of parks

National Party Platform:

Let it be known that the National Party of Bluebonnet Girls State has organized itself in support of the following goals and ideas:

I. Environment

  • Preservation of environment/natural resources
  • Pollution prevention programs
  • Go green initiatives – increase green transportation
  • Natural disaster prevention and safety programs

II.  Education

  • Youth mobilization programs: career exploration programs/life skills
  • Redistribution of funding for districts and programs
  • Addressing and identifying learning disabilities

III. Economic

  • Infrastructure repair and development
  • Funding reevaluation for officers/public service officers
  • Diversification of careers and industries; pro small-business

IV.  Safety

  • Gun education and safety
  • Distracted driving prevention
  • Anti-discrimination programs

V. Health

  • Mental health support and care, particularly for Veterans
  • Affordable and accessible heath care
  • Increased health inspections in schools

Parties’ Pinnacle Players Picked

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The National and Federal parties convened on Flag Day, June 14, 2016, to pick their state party officials. Because the Girls State program is entirely non-partisan, mock political parties are used to show how a two-party system works. Girls State citizens elected precinct, county and state party officials and wrote their own party platform.

Federal Party officials (l. to r.): Smidovec, Wood, Stahl and Hefner
Federal Party officials (l. to r.): Smidovec, Woods, Stahl and Hefner

State Federal Party officials are Chair Ashton Woods, Vice-Chair Amy Stahl, House Whip Haley Hefner and Senate Whip Kendall Smidovec.

State National Party Officials are Chair Danielle Maldonado, Vice-Chair Kelsey Kistner, House Whip Kelsey Ehrig and Senate Whip Ellie Hager.

National Party officials (l. to r.): Ehrig, Maldonado, Kistner and Hager
National Party officials (l. to r.): Ehrig, Maldonado, Kistner and Hager

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

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.

Ain’t No Party Like a Girls State Party: Party Officials Elected

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2014_feds_revisedBecause 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 17, 2014 to pick their state party officials.

State Federal Party officials are Chair Taylor Perry, Vice-Chair Rebecca Griffith, House Whip Lauren Gilman and Senate Whip Audrey Jones.

State National Party Officials are Chair Mary Floriani, Vice-Chair Sarah Tobin, House Whip Hannah Boring and Senate Whip Claire Weber.2014_nats_revised

For a complete list of party officials, including county and precinct chairwomen, please download the 2014 edition of The Bluebonnet, the official newsletter of the Bluebonnet Girls State program.