Gov. Bryant speaks at Magnolia Girls State

Gov. Bryant speaks at Magnolia Girls State
Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Governor Phil Bryant was one of the featured speaker at the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State on Monday. 
Bryant spoke to the group about the strength of Mississippi due to strong individuals that paved the way for where the state is today, which included women who had leading roles in all aspects of the state's government. 

"They can change the dynamics of not only Mississippi's politics but the nations politics and we want them to be involved in that," Bryant said. "They need that strong voice, and we need to listen to what they have to say and I just wanted to come in and encourage them to get involved in the political process not only at Girls State but also at a local, state and national level."

The American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls State returned 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. 

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. Such speakers include Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Gregg Harper, Gov. Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Selected Girls State participants and counselors will also spend a day in Jackson to meet with state officials.

For more information about American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, click here.