Brewer teenager elected governor of Girls State

Posted June 27, 2009, at 1:06 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer High School junior was elected to the highest office at the 63rd session of Dirigo Girls State, which wrapped up Friday night at Husson University.

Kate Weigel, 17, was elected Girls State governor by the nearly 250 girls who participated in the 5-day workshop.

Her campaign slogan? Weigels wobble but they don’t fall down.

During her first media interview as governor, Weigel was asked what she hoped to do in the future. While she paused to formulate an answer, her parents — Dianna and David Weigel of Brewer — leaned forward in their seats, each cupping a hand around an ear.

“This is what I know for sure — I’m going to do great things with my life,” she said.

“For as long as I can remember, Kate’s always done great things,” her father said.

Weigel also was named Outstanding Girl from her town, won two college scholarships, and was one of two delegates chosen to represent Maine at Girls Nation July 18-25 in Washington, D.C.

The other Girls Nation delegate selected was Katie Walsh, a 17-year-old Westbrook High School junior.

This year’s edition of Girls State featured mock government sessions during which high school juniors learned first-hand how town, county and state governments are designed to operate in Maine.

They also heard speeches by some of the state’s top political figures, including Gov. John Baldacci.

They held a show and graduation ceremony to wrap up on Friday night.

dgagnon@bangordailynews.net

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