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Magnolia Girls State delegates converged on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sunday, June 5 for a week of activities designed to help them understand the inner workings of the American political systems from the local to national level. The rising high school seniors were welcomed on their first day at Girls State by University Provost Steve Moser and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. On Monday, June 6, the delegates were visited by U.S. Rep. Greg Harper and Gov. Phil Bryant, who shared their perspectives on serving as an elected officeholder. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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