Girls State meets at University of Southern Mississippi

June 2, 2019

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — More than 300 Mississippi teenagers are learning about federal, state and local government during American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State.

The gathering for rising high school seniors is taking place Sunday through Friday on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.

Scheduled speakers include Attorney General Jim Hood, state Treasurer Lynn Fitch, state Sen. John Polk of Hattiesburg and state Rep. Jeramey Anderson of Escatawpa. Hood and Anderson are Democrats. Fitch and Polk are Republicans.

Some of the Girls State delegates will run for governor and other offices for the fictional state of Magnolia.

About 400 delegates took part in American Boys State last week at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

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