Luminaries to visit D&E for Girls State

ELKINS — Some of West Virginia’s leading political figures will come to Davis & Elkins College this week to speak to the participants in the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State.

Among those to appear before the 350 rising high school seniors making up this year’s session will be Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who will speak at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who will speak at 10 a.m. Friday.

Today, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner will speak to the participants at 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday’s featured speaker will be West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue at 12:15 p.m.

Twenty students from Randolph County are taking part in the session.

They include, from Elkins High School, Presley Bates, of Coalton; Gabryele Bedford, of Montrose; Shelby Broseker, of Elkins; Summer Channell, of Beverly; Hannah Collins, of Elkins; Erin Dettinger, of Elkins; Allison Dolly, of Elkins; Alexis Hare, of Elkins; Allyson Haynes, of Elkins; Alainah Johnson, of Elkins; Isabella Karlen, of Elkins; Alicia Kelley, of Elkins; Jocelyn Martin, of Kerens; Taylor McKinnie, of Elkins; Samantha Price, of Elkins; Lilee Schoonover, of Elkins; Alyssa Severino, of Elkins; Sara Shoemaker, of Elkins; and Sofia Triplett, of Elkins.

Also attending from Harman School is Natalie Teter, of Harman.

Candidates for citizens of Rhododendron Girls State are recommended by their high schools based on their interest in government, leadership, character and honesty, scholarship, cooperativeness, community participation, knowledge of parliamentary procedures and demonstration of above average scholastic achievement.

This is the second year Davis & Elkins College has hosted Girls State.

The 77th session kicked off Sunday afternoon with registration, a dinner and an opening assembly at Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus.

The session will conclude Friday morning.


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