HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls State returns to The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus for its 68th annual session June 5-10, featuring programming designed to help delegates learn more about how America's representative democracy works.
More than 240 rising high school senior girls from across the state will participate in a week of simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of "Magnolia."
Delegates are nominated to Girls State based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service by American Legion Auxiliaries across Mississippi. The unique leadership program is offered in 49 states across the country.
"The American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State provides an opportunity for outstanding high school women who have completed their junior year to experience the "nitty gritty" of state government processes - offering the chance to live outside the textbook," said Angela Kilcrease, director of the American Legion Auxiliary in Tylertown.
Guest speakers for Girls State will include elected officials from all levels of government in Mississippi who will talk to delegates about their work as public servants and give their perspectives on politics and trending issues, among other topics.
Highlights of the week for Girls State 2016 include the following:
Sunday, June 5 – Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker will speak at the Girls State opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center (TCC) Ballrooms 1 and 2 on the 3rd floor. Attorney General Jim Hood is also scheduled to speak to the delegates at a date and time to be announced later.
Monday, June 6: U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper will address the delegates at 10 a.m. at the TCC Ballrooms 1 and 2, 3rd floor. Solomon Brown, National Oratorical Contest Winner, will address delegates at 3 p.m. at the TCC Ballrooms 1 and 2.
Tuesday, June 7: Miss. Highway Patrol Captain Johnny Poulos will speak at 1 p.m. in the TCC Ballrooms 1 and 2 on 3rd floor.
Wednesday, June 8: Administer Oath of Office to 2016 ALA Magnolia Girls State Officials by the Hon. Judge Dawn Beam at 4 p.m. in TCC Ballrooms 1 and 2.
Thursday, June 9: Top Eight elected Girls State officeholders and several Girls State counselors will leave for Jackson around 8 a.m. to visit their respective counterpart state officials. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves will address the delegates at 3 p.m., in the TCC Ballrooms 1 and 2. Thursday's schedule will include break-out sessions and presentations by a variety of local city officials.
Friday, June 10: Closing ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Southern Miss Provost Dr. Steven Moser is scheduled to attend.
For more information about American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, online visit www.missala.com or contact Kilcrease at firstname.lastname@example.org.