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UC Hosts Annual Kentucky Girls State Camp


Williamsburg, KY- University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted the Annual Kentucky Girls State Camp, June 8th through 12th, with nearly 60 girls from different areas of Kentucky participating. The program 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.

“I feel that Girls State has a very positive impact on the girls and their future,” said Kentucky Girls State Director, Virginia Hobbs. “It teaches development of self-confidence and leadership skills. One year we had a girl who was as meek and mild as a mouse and she left the week voicing her opinion openly and showing so much positive growth as a leader, critical-thinker, and speaker.”

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young ladies responsible citizenship and love for God and love for their country. Since the Girls State program began in 1937, nearly one million female students have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works. The students spend an entire week studying intensely and working with their peers to seek a deeper and more concise understanding of laws, legislation, and ways of Kentucky and government ruling. The girls who attend Girls State are rising seniors in high school.

The participants learned how to participate in the functioning of Kentucky’s government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. They held elections and campaigned for seats such as Commissioner of Agriculture, Treasurer, Auditor, and Governor. They provided platforms and speeches to not only convince their peers they were the best fit for the position but also to gain speaking and leadership skills to aide them in their future endeavors. The girls were divided up into three cities which they named, Spencerville, Hobbs Knobb, and Janet Junction.

“There are two very important things I hope these young ladies take with them as Girls State comes to an end this week,” said Hobbs. “I hope they realize that they can achieve anything they desire by working together. Also, I want them to know that women can make a difference in Kentucky and in the nation. We can all be successful in anything we do, including politics.”

Each year, two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation "senators" enjoy a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and possibly meet with state Representatives and Senators. This year’s Girls Nation students will be receiving a private tour of the Holocaust Museum in D.C. and possibly have the opportunity to meet the President of the United States.

“I feel this year’s group has been a success so far,” admitted Hobbs of the 2014-2015 Girls State participants at UC. “They have all worked well together, have shown great enthusiasm, and have campaigned very well. They have taken the staff’s critiques and constructive criticism and applied it to their work to improve their speeches and gain knowledge in particular areas. Not only am I thankful for this year’s group of girls but I am also thankful for the University of the Cumberlands for their support. This is a great University and we look forward to coming back next year.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten 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