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Girls State Hosted at Cumberlands


80 high school girls from across the state of Kentucky gathered at University of the Cumberlands to learn about government and politics.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky- University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed the 2011 Kentucky Girls State on campus during the week of June 12-17. Headed by Ms. Virginia Hobbs, Kentucky Girls State featured 80 high school girls learning about the government and politics from hands on bill drafting to featured speakers.

The featured speakers throughout the week included Barbara Austin (President, American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kentucky), Elaine Walker (Kentucky Secretary of State), Honorable Sara Combs (Kentucky Court of Appeals), Valeria Cummins Swope (Public Affairs Officer for the Lt. Governor), Judge Kathy Prewitt and Greg Stumbo (Kentucky House of Representatives).

Divided into separate groups (Senate and House of Representatives), the attendees nominated and elected officials from their respective “towns”, drafted bills, debated legislation and traveled to the state’s capitol over the course of the week. Before heading home on Friday, the ladies also participated in a talent show, karaoke party and a formal Inaugural Banquet.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.