High school senior girls from Pontotoc County join 416 young women from across the state selected to attend the 70th annual session of Oklahoma Girls State, hosted at the University of Oklahoma from May 27 through June 2. Sponsored and directed by the American Legion Auxiliary, Oklahoma Girls State offers young women the opportunity to participate in citizenship training designed to emulate Oklahoma’s government. It offers educational programs of government instruction for delegates by immersing them in the operations of local, county and state government. Throughout the week, the delegates campaign and elect government officials, including a governor and lieutenant governor, and participate in mock legislative sessions and court proceedings. During the week, Gov. Mary Fallin, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, and many other leaders from Oklahoma government addressed the delegates. Pontotoc County: Pictured, left to right, Betty McElderry, director of Oklahoma Girls State; Jude Dotson, Mary Kathryn Lowery, Brianna Hanson, Tori Ross, Georgie McCurdy, Jaylea Lillard, Carlee Henderson, Addison Allen, Boo Easley-Wade, Rachel Roller, Margo Martin, all of Ada; and Linda Erwin; president of the American Legion Auxiliary.