Gov. Ivey talks leadership during annual Girls State

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Delegates for the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State session can now say they have met Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

During her visit to TROY, Ivey talked to the girls about her own political career, and the values she believes all leaders should possess.

“Anything is possible if you work hard enough and put yourself in the right frame and always be true to yourself,” Ivey said.

Ivey is a former Girls State delegate. She she says the program influenced her political career.

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“I knew was coming to meet with a lot of new folks that I didn’t know, but soon as I got here and got the spirit and learned some of the songs, it was like old home. It was wonderful to get to build these friendships. In my speech this morning I outlined the fact we’ve got some Girl Staters and former Girl Staters are working in the governor’s office.”

Each summer Ivey makes it a point to return to Girls State to talk to a new group of delegates.

“The highlight of my year to get to come and spend time with you young ladies and and get them started on the right track to making a big difference in their lives as good patriotic citizens.”

Delegate Owen Thompson told TrojanVision this her first time seeing and hearing Ivey in person.

“It was really exciting,” Thompson said. “I’ve never actually heard her speak before. She’s just so inspiring and cute and it was so exciting, too. I love meeting new people and just supporting them for what they decide to run for. I’ve already met so many girls that I know I’ll talk to throughout my the rest of my life, and it’s just so much fun getting to hang out with them every day.”

Friday the girls will make the trip to Ivey’s mansion in Montgomery for lunch and a tour.