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Cumberlands Host Girls State


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Sunday, June 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed girls from all across the state for the 2012 Kentucky Girls State camp. The program which lasted through Friday, June 15th, was headed by Director Virginia Hobbs and had over 50 high school girls entering their season year attend the camp.

“This program is designed to provide the girls a hands on experience to teach them the rights of citizenship and what the procedures are to direct our governments at city, state, and national levels,” said Hobbs.

During the camp, the girls learned about government, politics and what it means to be a leader amongst your peers. The elected state officials during Girls State were: Governor Hanna McCandless (Elizabethtown, KY), Lt. Governor Hannah Boulware (Ft. Knox, KY), Secretary of State Kayla Rowsey (Ft. Knox, KY), Attorney General Nakia Ridgeway (Lexington, KY), Treasurer Caroline Wallace (Louisville, KY), Auditor Jessica Sievert (Louisville, KY), and Comm. of Agriculture Katy Wilkins (Mt. Sterling, KY).

The featured speakers throughout the week included: Mr. David Markham, NROTC Candidate Guidance Officer University of Memphis; Valeria Cummins Swope, Public Affairs Officer for the Lt. Governor; Lisa Gross, Director, Division of Communications and Community Engagement, Department of Education; Alison Lundergun Grimes – Secretary of State; and Judge Sara Combs, Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Girls that attended the 2012 Kentucky Girls State included: Hannah Boulware, Erin Cox (Campbellsville, KY), Emma Daugherty (Lexington, KY), Madeline DeAmaral (Ft. Knox, KY), Mackenzie DeSpain (Campbellsville, KY), Jessica Durrance (Elizabethtown, KY), Kellyann Glendenning (Woodlawn, TN), Claire Goodin (Elizabethtown, KY), Brittany Gossett (Ft. Campbell, KY), Katie Grissom (Louisville, KY), Alexandra Gruber (Elizabethtown, KY), Jill Hamilton (Ft. Thomas, KY), Samantha Harris (Glendale, KY), Jessica Helmer (Ludlow, KY), Rhianna Hill (Ft. Knox, KY), Rileigh Jorstad (Ft. Campbell, KY), Markiee Keaton (Lousiville, KY), Ashlyn Koonce (Ft. Knox, KY), Eleanor Kremer (Villa Hills, KY), Emily Kroger (Ludlow, KY), Autumn LaFollette (Elizabethtown, KY), Catherine Louis (Ft. Thomas, KY), Roshel Lumbang (Clarksville, TN), Madison Martin (Bellevue, KY), Emily Mastoroudis (Sonora, KY), Hannah McCandless, Emilee Morse (Ft. Campbell, KY), Hunter Mosher (Paris, KY), Latisha Noe (Leitchfield, KY), Joanna Parsons (Frankfort, KY), Somolia Pumphrey (Louisville, KY), Nakia Ridgeway, Kayla Rowsey, Elizabeth Roy (Ft. Knox, KY), Christina Seibert (Alexandria, KY), Jessica Sievert, Olivia Sievert (Lousiville, KY), Kelsey Stanfield (Paris, KY), Kerie Steele (Grayson, KY), Brittany Stokan (Elizabethtown, KY), Taylor Thornbury (Hitchins, KY), Caroline Wallace, Katie Wegenast (Mt. Washington, KY), Katy Wilkins, and Haley Williams (Louisville, KY).

“In the years I have worked Girls State I have seen ladies come in as if they are in a cocoon; very quiet, shy, and afraid to get up in front of groups,” said Hobbs. “By the time they leave they are more forth coming with their thoughts and more likely to engage in groups to share ideas.” While at the camp the ladies were also 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.

“Girls State has been at UC for 15 years and we have developed a wonderful relationship together collaborating on the different activities that will take place throughout the week,” said Virginia. “We know our ladies are safe on this campus, the facilities are great, and everyone from the UC staff cooperates with us.”

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; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.