Capito, Manchin Offer Advice to Girls State Citizens

Date Posted: 

Friday, June 14, 2019

ELKINS – West Virginia’s two U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin capped off the 77th session of American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State by sending the citizens back to their hometowns with encouragement to share their leadership skills. The rising high school seniors from throughout the Mountain State spent the last week at Davis & Elkins College learning about citizenship, patriotism and leadership.

Capito told the citizens to build on all the knowledge they had gained throughout the week to become the best citizens they can be. She emphasized the importance of voting and making their voices heard in causes they deem worthy.

Many of the citizens asked for Capito’s advice on seeking public office. To those, the U.S. Senator and former Congresswoman suggested they begin soon by observing candidates, following their campaigns and selecting the ones that most mirror their beliefs. Then, gain empowerment by voting for them.

Pride in the state of West Virginia rang true in both Senators’ addresses and the theme of the morning. As “Country Roads” played over the sound system, Manchin made his way to the Harper-McNeeley stage in Myles Center for the Arts.

Manchin encouraged the citizens to share the experience they gained at Girls State with their classmates and community members. 

“It’s up to you to go back to explain to them what’s it’s all about, what you learned,” Manchin said. “It’s your responsibility to take that new role in leadership and pass something on.”
He also challenged them to work with others to reach a common goal despite differences in opinions.

“The world is a troubled place. We have a divided country,” Manchin said. “You’re not supposed to pick sides. We have to find out what unites us, not what divides us. Whether you want to be a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent or whatever you want to be politically, you have to be involved. You can say, ‘we have a difference,’ but a difference shouldn’t divide you. The goal should be to fix whatever is broken. The goal should be to make West Virginia better, to make our country better.”

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