Judge Virginia Carlton speaks to Girls State delegates

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The delegates of Girls State received some important career advice on Wednesday from Mississippi Appeals Court Judge, Virginia Carlton.

Carlton is a Columbia native and a former Girls State delegate. She advised the young ladies to pursue their dreams despite roadblocks they may hit along the way. Carlton said success requires hard work and time developing leadership skills.

According to Carlton, "We have such a great pool of talent. We have kids that are just so excited about the opportunities that our government offers for government service, public service or just the opportunities in this country. But we do need to equip ourselves with the knowledge to be able to participate effectively."

During her visit with Girls State, Judge Carlton also administered the oath of office to the delegates elected to office within the program. Girls State educates women about government and groups participants into cities within the fictional state of Magnolia.

Harley Felsher, a senior at Presbyterian Christian School, was elected Treasurer of Girls State. Felsher said she enjoyed Carlton's advice to the delegates.

"I thought she was very positive. I think she is a great role model for all of us in general. And just that she is a woman and can show us that we can be leaders," said Felsher.

Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion. It is currently in it's 64-th annual session.

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