By Latricia Hood, Sevier City

Over these past few days I’ve developed something much powerful than friendship with the Sweeties of Sevier city. Being at Girls State cracked my shell and allowed me to start over and establish bonds with new people but with the real me. If it weren’t for one of the councilors I would’ve been quiet as a mouse. As time goes by I can’t help but think what’s next? Do I go back the way I was when I arrived or do I turn in a different direction? With the help of these wonderful and amazing girls I’ve found my voice. I don’t feel the need to stay to myself anymore. Instead I feel the need to reach out to other young women like the sweeties reached out to me. Together we can build young women’s self-esteem.