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Cumberlands Hosts 2013 Kentucky Girls State Camp


2013 Girls State Officers

Williamsburg, Ky. - On Sunday, June 9th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed girls from all across the state for the 2013 Kentucky Girls State camp. The program which is designed to provide girls with hands on experience, teaching them the rights of citizenship and what procedures are used to direct our governments at city, state, and national levels, was headed by Director Virginia Hobbs.

“This camp is a great opportunity for young women to learn about the government,” said Hobbs. “It also allows them the chance to experience what college and campus life will be like while making friends from all over Kentucky.”

During the camp, the girls learned about the government, politics, and what it means to be a leader amongst their peers. The elected state officials during Girls State were: Governor Anna Cecile Pepper (Elizabethtown, KY), Lt. Governor Briana Quichocho (Fort Knox, KY), Secretary of State Sophie Whorf (Crestwood, KY), Attorney General Heather Madison (Louisville, KY), Treasurer Kaitlyn Heuser (Cecilia, KY), Auditor Anna Huffman (Cecilia, KY), and Comm. of Agriculture Katy Wilkins (Crestwood, KY).

“We hope that more young ladies hear about the success of our camp and come out to join,” Hobbs commented. “It’s an opportunity that I think students need to take more advantage of.”

While at the camp, the ladies were divided into separate groups (Senate and House of Representatives), while the attendees nominated and elected officials from their respective “towns” drafted bills, debated legislation and traveled to the state’s capital over the course of the week. Before heading home on Friday, the ladies also participated in a camp party as well as a formal inaugural banquet.

“Girls State has been at UC for 16 years and we have developed a wonderful relationship together collaborating on the different activities that will take place throughout the week,” said Hobbs. “We know our ladies are safe on this campus, the facilities are great, and everyone from the UC staff cooperates with us.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit