Middle schooler, TEDx talker sworn in as RI governor for a day

South County

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The young woman selected as the 2018 ‘Governor for a Day’ has a vision of Rhode Island being a nationwide leader in measures to prevent sexual assault.

Anna LaCroix, an eighth-grader from Chariho Middle School, was sworn in Thursday morning at the State House.

She won the fourth annual contest with an essay about the importance of sexual assault prevention, equal pay for women, and the need for gun control, according to the office of Governor Gina Raimondo.

As part of the honor, LaCroix was to spend the day with Raimondo.

Mentioned in her essay was a TEDx talk she gave at the University of Rhode Island earlier in the year, where she outlined how she envisions eliminating sexual assault through education beginning in middle school. TEDx talks grew out of the TED organization which shares “ideas worth spreading” from leaders around the world.

Raimondo first launched the contest as an initiative during Women’s History Month to encourage girls to become leaders in their communities.

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