Governor: Mariah Daffron Secretary of State: Erin Ramsey Auditor: Sonja Harris Treasurer: Sarah Victory Commissioner of Agriculture: Elizabeth Kocsis Attorney General: Caroline Ferrell Justice of the Supreme Court: Erin Guy, Chief; Tori Swihart, Hannah Eshelman, Sophia Shumway, Taylor Graham
Governor: Ava Asbury Secretary of State: Andrea Idler Auditor: Hannah Cummings Treasurer: Hannah Dieffenbaugher Commissioner of Agriculture: Cassandra Stout Attorney General: Devony Workman Justice of the Supreme Court: Rachael Flanagan, Chief; Taylor Miller; Sadie Hackworth; Lauren Hopper; Brooke Ashby
By Taylor Graham, Kanawha Nationalist, & Rachel Moore, Lewis Nationalist
West Virginia’s senators to Girls Nation were Alyssa Bumpus and Jessica Kimble. Senator Jessica Kimble reflected on her time at Girls Nation with tears in her eyes. “Amazing opportunities,” was the first and only two words she could manage to speak before submerging into tears. After Kimble and Alyssa Bumpus were chosen as outstanding citizens, they were put through a rigorous interview process to be eligible for Girls Nation. They impressed the staff and were sent on their way to Girls Nation, just outside of Washington D.C. They were given the opportunity to present a bill, on behalf of handicapped citizens of America. They felt these people did not have the same opportunity to voice their opinions and needs. The bill unanimously passed. As you could imagine, this left the girls with much confidence and pride. During their visit, Kimble and Bumpus visited the Smithsonian
By Nicky Hubbard, Northern Panhandle Nationalist
Sharon Glassford, manager of the Country Store, enjoys seeing Rhododendron Girls State citizens throughout the week. Betty Rea, who has worked with the Girls State program for 54 years, serves as Glassford’s assistant. Mrs. Rea also said she enjoys working for the country store and meeting all the citizens from day-to-day. The main Country Store is located on the first floor of Ignatius and sells many items from tee shirts to campaign supplies. They also sell snacks, which seem a favorite of RGS citizens. Not to mention, the prices are very reasonable. Another face citizens will see in the Country Store is Paulette Anderson, Banker. In addition to serving RGS citizens as their Banker, Anderson also helps when citizens flood the Country Store. One Girls State citizen was overheard saying, “The country store is a really good thing to have at Girls State.”
Inauguration art contest open to all RGS citizens:
All citizens are invited to enter the art contest for the cover of the Inaugural Program, which will be used Thursday, June 16, during Inauguration ceremonies. The slogan this year will be “Rise Up! Be Your Best You!”
DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 15, at noon. Those entering the contest may submit their entry to the Rhododendron Daily staff in Ignatius Hall.
RULES: Please remember to sign all artwork before submission. Entries drawn on lined paper will not be considered. Participants are also reminded to refrain from using pencil. Entries must include the slogan in the design and art should be the created based on the designer’s interpretation of the slogan.