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5th Grader Mianna Gonsalves Sworn in as Governor for a Day

From the Governor’s Office

Mianna’s swearing-in ceremony was attended by many public officials, including Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney and state Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg. Photos courtesy of Governor’s Office

Governor Gina M. Raimondo hosted a swearing-in ceremony Friday morning for this year’s Governor for a Day. East Providence fifth-grade student Mianna Gonsalves won the Governor’s annual Women’s History Month Essay Contest and earned the opportunity to spend the day as Rhode Island’s Governor and learn about public service. Gonsalves was joined by RI Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg, RI Superior Court Justice Alice B. Gibney and previous winners of the essay contest. Following the swearing in, Raimondo and Gonsalves participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Westerly Education Center.

Governor Raimondo and Governor for a Day Gonsalves cut the ribbon on the new Westerly Education Center.

In her essay, Gonsalves wrote that her primary initiative as Governor would be to create a statewide healthy eating initiative. After having lunch with female members of the Governor’s staff, she met with Rhode Island’s Director of Food Strategy Sue AnderBois at Johnson and Wales for a cooking demonstration. Gonsalves then participated in a Women in Government Panel with Acting Commissioner of Postsecretary Education Brenda Dann-Messier, Director of the Department of Health Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, Acting Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Anya Rader Wallack, Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Hittner, Head of Rhode Island Housing Barbara Fields and moderated by her state representative, Katherine Kazarian.

Mianna participates in a healthy cooking demonstration at Mianna participates in a healthy cooking demonstration at Johnson & Wales University.

During her day as Governor, Gonsalves had the opportunity to meet elected officials including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. She was given an official tour of the Treasurer’s office and had a chance to talk to Treasurer Magaziner about the state’s finances. After a one-on-one with Governor Raimondo, Gonsalves and her mother headed back to East Providence. When asked what surprised her most about being Governor, Gonsalves replied, “All the pictures!”

Congratulations, Mianna! You did Rhode Island proud!

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