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North Shelby senior Sarah Killen was honored Tuesday, April 6 at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City after being chosen as this year’s Breckenridge Scholar by the Salt River Federated Republican Women.
Killen and 18 other Breckenridge Scholars from across the state were greeted at the mansion by officers of the MoFRW. After light refreshments, the young women were given a tour of the Governor’s home, and their guide gave a fascinating history of the mansion.
Missouri’s first lady Teresa Parson was a special guest and introduced a second special guest: Missouri Governor Mike Parson, who spoke briefly before having to return to business.
Missouri Supreme Court Justice W. Brent Powell gave an extensive presentation explaining the Missouri court system. Due to COVID restrictions, the girls were unable to tour the Capitol and meet with their representatives and senators, usually the highlight of the day.
Joanne Breckridge was a past president of the MoFRW and was dedicated to involving women in government. She began the Joanne Breckridge Scholar Program over 20 years ago as a way to introduce young women to state government. The MoFRW continues to honor her by holding an annual Joanne Breckenridge Scholar Day.
Sarah is the daughter of Keith and Missy Killen of Leonard.