Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the
winner of her Women’s History Month essay contest. Rhode Island's 2017 Governor
for a Day is Mianna Gonsalves, an 11-year-old student at Emma G.
Whiteknact Elementary School who wrote about the importance of fostering
student leadership at a young age.
"I was so impressed by the enthusiasm,
dedication, and maturity of these future leaders," Raimondo said.
"Mianna's essay inspires young girls—and all students—to become leaders in
their communities, and I'm excited to spend the day with her."
Mianna wrote in her essay that she wanted to be Rhode Island's Governor for a Day
because, "Students should not have to wait until middle or high school to
lead, they should get to start in elementary school."
She also hopes to promote healthy lifestyles,
writing, "My school started an exercise and movement initiative. I would
like to expand upon this and make it statewide. How cool would it be if all
fifth graders in the state were participating in movement breaks together?
Whether it’s yoga or running, I think it would be amazing if the whole state
was doing it together!"
Mianna will be sworn in as Governor for a Day
on Friday, April 28, 2017. The Governor's Office received hundreds of
submissions from middle school girls across the state.
"I want to thank all the girls who
participated in the contest," Raimondo added. "Reading their
enthusiastic, creative essays assures me that the future is in good