Lincoln girl will be RI governor for a day

Sophia Miranda and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. (Miranda photo supplied by Governor's office; Raimondo photo, WPRI-TV file)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders, meet your next governor. But her mission as a leader is less political and more society-based.

“One person cannot help everyone at once; but, one person, who cares a lot, can be a leader and work with a lot of people to get things done,” wrote Sophia Miranda, 11, a student at Lincoln Central Elementary School.

Miranda’s essay won her the Governor for a Day Essay Contest, held by Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo as a Women’s History Month initiative.

“I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and compassion of these future leaders, and it was great to read about their big ideas,” Raimondo said Thursday in a news release. “Sophia’s essay encourages girls to be compassionate, hardworking leaders, and I look forward to spending the day with her.”

More than 400 middle school girls across Rhode Island wrote essays hoping for the position and experience.

Sophia’s essay also detailed how she hoped to discuss how government can help people of different cultures. “My grandmother doesn’t speak or write in English that well and she is older. It has been very hard for her to find a job. This meeting will be to talk about teaching English and helping people of different cultures find better jobs.”

Governor Miranda will be sworn in as Governor for a Day on Friday, April 22, 2016.

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