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April 15th, 2009
Local girls to participate in mock legislature


Eight local young women will be delegates in the 2009 session of Bluebonnet Girls State from June 14-20, at Texas Lutheran University.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 is sponsoring the participants, along with individual, corporate and organizations.

Bluebonnet Girls State is a simulated state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county and state governments. Elections take place, and the officials learn the duties of various city, county and state offices.

Participants also organize a mock state legislature, and the event ends with a visit to the state capitol in Austin, where the young women can meet withtheir real-life counterparts.

The delegates come from San Marcos High School (SMHS), Wimberley High School, Dripping Springs High School, Lehman High School and Hays High School. Each delegate has secured their own sponsor, which is listed below, along with their alternates.

San Marcos High School

Grace Baen – CenturyTel
Irine Morse – Frost Bank
Mariel Swinney – Attorney Tom Garner
Alternate Delegate – Effie Husbands

Hays High School

Bonnika Ashley – Texas Lehigh Cement
Alternate Delegate – Shannon Busch

Lehman High School

Merra Day – Seton Medical Center Hays
Alternate Delegate – Stephanie Fischer

Wimberley High School

Eliza Jordan – Wimberley Lions Club
Tess Allen – Wimberley Lions Club
Alternate Delegate – Dakota Martinez (Katherine Anne Porter High School)

Dripping Springs High School

Katie Adams – Dripping Springs Breakfast Lions Club
Alternate Delegate – Paloma Perez

Delegates will be assigned to a city, county and political party when they arrive, and are always refered to as citizens. Two delegates will be chosen to represent Texas at Girls Nation later this summer.

Local delegates have a history of making an impression in previous events. According to Unit 144 Girls State Chair Marge Villalpando, four delegates sent from San Marcos have been elected governor in the past 11 years, out of 400 participating annually from across the state each year.

Past Girls State governors from the area include Amber Harmon of SMHS in 2008, Chelsea Bordovsky of Hays High School in 2004, who won as a write-in candidate, Lauren Rodgers of SMHS in 2000, and in 1998, Jennifer Hall of Hays High School advanced all the way to Girls Nation, where she was elected vice president.

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