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Genea Harrsion, 8, becomes Maryland's governor for a day

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM   |   Comments

July 2 (UPI) -- Maryland had a very young governor on Tuesday.

An eight-year-old student at Rosa Parks Elementary school in Prince George's County, Md., Harrison got to be Maryland's "governor for a day" after beating out 200 other girls as part of an essay contest for International Women's Day.

According to The Washington Post, Harrison wore red, white and blue to her swearing-in, at which Gov. Martin O' Malley noted that she raised her right hand with a curl, "like Beyonce."

"No; I was excited," Genea said when reporters asked her if she was nervous about her big job. "And when I'm excited I can't sleep,"

Harrison's letter, which can be read on the governor's website, advocates for smaller classes in Maryland's public schools, free safety training classes for kids, and more energy efficient homes for the state's residents.

"Being the Governor of Maryland takes a lot of work and time thinking of ways to improve the state," she wrote.

"If I was governor for the day, I would put the people first and think about what is most important to them and make the state of Maryland a better and safer place to live."

O'Malley said in a statement that he launched the "governor for a day" program to "encourage young women to pursue careers in public service."

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