Pike County pair find fun at Girls State

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Adrianne Bazzell, a junior from Charles Henderson High School, and Amy Green, a junior from Pike Liberal Arts School are representing Troy at this year's Girls State and having a ball doing it.

"It's a lot more fun than I thought it would be," said Green.

"I though it was going to be real serious, but we've had fun doing everything."

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Both girls are running for a state office.

Green is campaigning for the Court of Criminal Appeals and Bazzell is campaigning for one of the eight Supreme Court Justices.

"We make our speeches tonight," Bazzell said.

The girls spoke in front of their political parties Tuesday night and the primary election was early this morning.

Bazzell already serves on her city's talent committee and on the rules committee.

Bazzell lives in City 6, City of Angels and Green lives in City 3, Dixie Star.

Both said they are learning a lot about the offices they are running for as well as the other government positions.

"I only knew a little bit about government from what I learned in history," Bazzell said.

But, she remembered parliamentary procedure and how to write a resolution from a model United Nations that she participated in during middle school.

Green is in the Government Club at PLAS and has participated in Youth Legislature for three years, but she said she is still learning a lot about individual responsibilities.

"I'm learning about what each job is," she said.

"I already know what the issues are, but now I understand what the different people do and I know why they're saying what they're saying."

Bazzell said knowing how government works helps increase the likeliness of citizens getting involved.

"When you don't know what they're (politicians) are talking about or you don't understand it, you just don't listen," she said.

Green said in the past she had little interest in the names on the ballot because "I didn't know who they were or what they did."

Taking a behind the scenes look as only Girls State can offer it has helped to remedy that.

Their favorite speaker so far, however, has not been a politician.

"Sister Schubert," both girls said at the same time.

"The rest are serious and talk about us being a leader," said Green.

"We all know we're leaders or we wouldn't be here."

The girls thought Schubert's speech was lively, entertaining and informative.