Governor Phil Bryant speaks to Mississippi high school seniors at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Governor Phil Bryant spoke to 240 high school senior girls about female leadership in Mississippi. The American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls State (ALAMGS) returned to Southern Miss for its 68th annual session to help high school seniors learn more about the political process.

The seniors from across the state will participate in a week of simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of "Magnolia."

ALAMGS's Angela Kilcrease said, "I want them to take a sense of empowerment, I want them to feel like they have gained confidence in themselves."

Gov. Bryant told FOX 23, "They can help change the dynamic of not only Mississippi's state politics, but the nation's politics and you want them to be involved in that."

Guest speakers for ALAMGS's will include elected officials from all levels of government in Mississippi who will talk to delegates about their work as public servants and give their perspectives on politics and trending issues, among other topics.

On Monday Gov. Bryant encouraged female leadership roles in the state of Mississippi. Gov. Bryant said, "Two out of the eight elected state officials are women in leadership."

He talked about the positive impact Mississippi's Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy-Hyde Smith have done for Mississippians. He used them as positive examples of female leadership roles.

He added, "I do not think they get enough attention and responsibility they have for the state."

Representative Gregg Harper was present too and told the seniors to go after their dreams and goals.

"Dream big, God has great things planned for them because sometimes they will not be able to take those big risks and do some great things" said Rep. Gregg Harper.

The seniors will be at Southern Miss for a week to learn how they can shape America's future.

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