Gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are among those scheduled to address 600 outstanding high-school seniors who will gather on the Longwood University campus June 16-22 for Virginia Girls State.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak Thursday, June 20, at 9:15 a.m., Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will speak that day at 1:30 p.m. and Cuccinelli, currently attorney general, will speak Tuesday, June 18, at 9:15 a.m. McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will speak Friday, June 21, at 9:15 a.m. Each will speak in Jarman Auditorium.
About 600 rising high-school seniors are expected to attend the citizenship seminar sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in cooperation with many civic clubs and school groups.
Virginia Girls State has been held at Longwood since 1974 and was first held in 1947. The theme for this year’s session, the 67th, is "Taking Flight Toward the Future."
Participants, most of whom are nominated by their schools and sponsored by their local chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary, conduct the affairs of municipal government after breaking up into two parties and 14 "cities." They elect a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The new governor, who will replace Alicia Klinko of Freedom High School in Loudoun County, will return and preside over next year’s session. Delegates also will choose two delegates to Girls Nation, to be held in late July in Washington, D.C.