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ELKINS — Two West Virginia political leaders encouraged state citizens from the Rhododendron Girls Auxiliary of the American Legion to become the future leaders of the Mountain State.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and State Auditor JB McCuskey addressed the group Tuesday at Davis & Elkins College, saying young women have the potential to move the state forward.

“I look at you 10, 20, 30 years in the future and I see the leaders of West Virginia,” said Morrisy.

Sharing his “PS” To be successful, Morrisey told Citizens that all good starts with being positive and can continue with exploring your passions and possibilities. He said it’s also important to maintain perseverance, connect with your spiritual side through prayer and make time to play.

“Use them and set your own course”, Morrisey advised. “We are going to do great things in West Virginia and we need your help. You have a chance to be a leader of the future.

McCuskey praised citizens for being interested in attending Girls State and learning more about government. He pointed out that the biggest political problems have been solved by disagreements and challenged citizens to have a discussion with someone they disagree with.

“The answer lies in conflict” McCuskey explained.

McCuskey also encouraged citizens to think about all the career options that exist in West Virginia and to consider moving to the state after graduating from college.

“There is no other place where young people can harness their talents and write their success story”, McCuskey said.

The American Legion Auxiliary West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State continues with sessions on the Davis & Elkins College campus through Friday.

Established in 1941 under the sponsorship and direction of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of West Virginia, Rhododendron Girls State is a premier hands-on, experiential program that focuses on citizenship and patriotism, and develops leadership and pride in American citizens, educates citizens about our system of government, instills a better understanding of American traditions, and stimulates a desire to maintain our processes of democratic government within our republic.

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