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Secretary of State Michael Watson launches Student Ambassador Program

By: Anne Summerhays - March 17, 2022

The program aims to increase voter education, registration among youth and encourages students to engage in Mississippi civics.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Michael Watson announced the launch of a newly-created Student Ambassador Program. The program seeks to increase voter education and registration among youth as well as encourages students to engage in Mississippi civics.

Secretary Watson said that the SOS Student Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for young leaders to grow their liking for public service and expanding their leadership skills.

“We are excited to take part in the development and growth of the next generation of Mississippians and look forward to providing a greater understanding of one of our greatest liberties, the right to vote,” Watson said.

“Students who complete the program will get a first-hand account of state government in action and will experience the processes that ensure Mississippi is a better place for their generation and generations to come,” the overview of the program states.

Students will gain experience by participating as a poll worker on Election Day, attend summits in the fall and spring, and attend virtual trainings and education sessions with SOS representatives and government officials.

The fall summit will focus on the elections process in Mississippi and the spring summit will give students a deeper understanding of the Mississippi legislative process. Through the monthly virtual meetings, students will be able to collaborate, ask questions, and seek guidance from Secretary of State representatives, Mississippi legislators, and each other.

To be considered for the Secretary of State Student Ambassador Program, students must be a high school senior during the 2022-2023 academic year, have a grade point average of 3.0 or above, proven satisfactory behavioral conduct, and a strong interest in state government and service.

For a complete application, the following must be submitted:

  • Completed Application Information document
  • Names of two references—one personal, one school administrator (counselor or principal)
  • 300-600 word essay response
  • Completed Waiver form

The deadline to submit an application for the program is May 15, 2022. Applications can be emailed to, hand-delivered, or mailed to Secretary of State’s Office at 401 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39201 to the attention of the External Affairs Division.

You can click here to download the application.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: