Missouri Girls State (MGS) is a program that allows young women who have just finished their junior year in high school to study city, county, and state government. MGS is held at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. This year’s convention runs from June 24-30.
Former MGS attendees, who are now seniors, are Michelle Bahena, Mackenzie Bauer, Emma Engelbrecht, Lauren Gerlemann, Natalie Hoerstkamp, Emily Scheer, and Kallie Stubblefield. This year, the girls that were accepted into MGS are Miranda Durbin, Claire Meyer, Lexi Oetterer, Kamryn Poe, Grace Soete, and Olivia Williams.
Former MGS attendees were asked if they had any advice to give this year’s attendees. Emma Engelbrecht responded with, “Be ambitious when you get there. Make new friends and run for various offices.”
Lauren Gerlemann also said, “You get what you make out of Girls State. Try to have fun and learn lots.”
Mackenzie Bauer added, “I absolutely loved Girls State. When my parents came to pick me up, I cried because I didn’t want to leave the new friends I had made. I still talk to a group of the girls, and will be rooming with one next year at college!”
Kallie Stubblefield said her favorite thing about MGS was, “My favorite moment from Girls State was when I was announced as my county's associate circuit court judge. I had to run for the position first, of course, and during my campaign, I had to face a crowd of more than 50 girls and deliver an on-the-spot speech. It was probably the hardest speech that I've ever had to deliver, which made my victory much sweeter in the end.”
Michelle Bahena also commented, “I still talk to many of the girls, and it's true when they say that you'll make friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Olivia Williams was recently accepted in and she said, “I was very excited whenever I found out I was accepted. I really wanted to go to Girls State and I'm so glad I got accepted.”
Miranda Durbin said, “I've heard that you make lifelong friends, and that's exactly what I'm looking for! I also have heard that the entire program is basically a government, and you participate in any area you'd like.”
Kamryn Poe added, “I am a little nervous about meeting new people and "running" for an office position for Girls State. We hope to have one of us girls run for the governor position.”
Congratulations to all of the girls that got accepted into MGS. Have a wonderful time there, and we wish you the best of luck!