Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley today officially swore in 8-year-old Genea Harrison as Maryland’s first-ever “Governor for a Day.”
Genea, a student heading into the fourth grade at Rosa L. Parks Elementary School, became “Governor for a Day” after her essay was selected from among more than 200 essay submissions from young women under 13 explaining why they want to be governor of Maryland and what they would do if they were “Governor for a Day. The Governor initiated this contest to encourage young women to pursue careers in public service.
“In Maryland, our diversity is our greatest strength and the accomplishments of women are an integral part of our progress as a people,” said Governor O’Malley. “We launched the ‘Governor for a Day’ contest to nurture the dreams, skills and confidence of young women so they can become the leaders of tomorrow. Genea’s key priorities are all things that will move our State forward – education, public safety, job creation and the environment. She reminds us that every choice we make counts toward a better future for our children.”