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Dirigo Girls State Begins 

Wayne Harvey

Just a dozen days after the primary elections were held in Maine, more than 230 soon to be high school senior girls arrived at Husson University Sunday.The 64th annual Dirigo Girls State kicked off with registration.Paperwork was filled out, and directions were given to their dorm room that will be their home for the week, and they got settled.Tonight the girls got their first taste of politics.Senator Susan Collins and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills were scheduled to speak to them.The students had to be selected from their high schools, and will take part in a busy week.They were all looking forward to meeting new people, but they knew it would be a great experience.Other speakers this week include Tim Wilson from the Seeds of Peace Program in Ottisfield, and Governor John Baldacci.The students will role play in mock government session to learn how government works in the state.Then on Wednesday primary elections will be held, with the general elections Thursday.Friday is an inauguration and awards ceremony.Two delegates will be sent to the national convention in Washington DC.