SIKESTON - Fourteen area young women will attend Missouri Girls State, held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Attending from Sikeston are: Laura Atchison, the daughter of Charles and Dana Atchison; Rachel Beydler, the daughter of Steve and Dee Beydler; Jessica Cummins, the daughter of Travis and Tammey Cummins; Allison Harper, the daughter of Brian and Andrea Harper; Kersti Jennings, the daughter of Shannon Sanders; Bianca Johnson, the daughter of Trina Johnson; Anna McReynolds, the daughter of Marty and Kim McReynolds; and Lauren Polk, the daughter of Renda Polk.
Also attending from New Madrid are: Jessica Lewis, the daughter of Joe and Donna Lewis; Brittany Masterson, the daughter of Russell and Bridget Masterson; Victoria Robbins, the daughter of Jerry Robbins and Susan Sharp; and Whitney Tanner, the daughter of Bill and Michelle Tanner.
From Charleston, Brittany Browning, the daughter of Jimmy and Kathy Browning, and Brittany Stack, the daughter of Jeff and Donna Stack, will attend. Brittany Rhodes of Oran, the daughter of Michael and Bambi Rhodes, will also attend.
Missouri Girls State is designed to allow young women to set up a mythical government over the course of a week and to encourage American pride. Girls State has 750 citizens, with 21 cities in seven counties. Set up in 1940, MGS was one of the first 11 Girls State programs in the country.
2006 Girls State delegate Aidan Marshall had a piece of advice to offer the girls about their upcoming trip.
"Make as many friends as possible. There are a lot of great girls there and you'll create long-lasting friendships in the short amount of time that you have," Marshall said.
Allison Harper has already taken Marshall's advice into consideration, hearing the same words of wisdom from other past delegates.
"I'm excited to meet new people and make friends. I've already heard about the friendships many of the girls from past years have made and I can't wait to make some of my own," she said.
Girls State will begin June 24 and end June 30.