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Departure Day

After a life changing week of learning, legislating, and sisterhood, the time has come for the Citizens to leave their 51st state. They gathered once more as Harmony Moore of City A addressed her citizens for the first time as Governor. In her closing remarks, Moore said that "being here this week has truly made an impact on my life." She talked about how wonderful her experience at Girls State has been and what she hopes her fellow Citizens take from it. "I want to leave you with this: embrace the community even when you're apprehensive. You might end up making memories that will last you a lifetime."

"Embrace the community even when you're apprehensive. You might end up making memories that will last you a lifetime." - Harmony Moore, 2023 Texas Girls State Governor

The session would not have been possible if not for the 80+ women that came together from all across this state and country to make Girls State a reality. Our staff is comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers who have donated their time, energy, and passion for government to continually making TBGS the best that it can be. We are so grateful to all of them for their dedication to this program, and we know that you've enjoyed working with them.

After announcing our Outstanding Citizens, Director Lori Swann announced the delegates to Girls Nation. This year Bluebonnet Girls State will send Dhriti Gupta from City D and Emma Corbell from City M to represent TBGS later this summer at our Nation's Capitol. Sofia Esteban from City I and Zoe Thorn from City N will serve as alternates.

As closing ceremony concluded with a final chorus of the Big 3, hugs broke out among the Citizens and staff, tears were wiped away, and smiles shone through as we were reminded how our lives have been forever changed. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram to stay connected to the 51st state!

Congratulations to the now-former citizens of the 79th Bluebonnet session! Whether you ran for an elected position, spent hours crafting legislation, or assisted in the campaigns of others, your efforts left their mark on the 51st state. We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see the wonderful things you accomplish in the future as an alumni of TBGS.


City A: Denise Walsh

City B: Inioluwa Okedara

City C: Gabby Gonzales

City D: Dhriti Gupta

City E: Maia Flores

City F: Iman Zakaria

City G: Nicole Beres

City H: June Kim

City I: Ryland Davis

City J: Ha-young Kim

City K: Emma Nally

City L: Gigi Crawford

City M: Avalucia Matasso

City N: Heaven Kouakou

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