American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida

Celebrity Alumni

Ericka Dunlap

Ericka-DunlapFlorida Girls State Alumni Ericka Dunlap (born December 29, 1981) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Orlando, Florida who was named Miss Florida 2003 and subsequently crowned Miss America 2004. Dunlap was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida. Ericka attended FGS in 1999.

Abigail Spencer

Abigail-SpencerGulf Breeze, Florida native Abigail Spencer attended Florida Girls State in 1998 before becoming the starlet she is today. Abigail Leigh Spencer (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress.

She is best known for her performances in the films Cowboys & Aliens, Chasing Mavericks, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia and Oz the Great and Powerful, and for roles in television series Angela’s Eyes, Mad Men, Hawthorne and Suits. As of 2013 she starred as Amantha Holden in the Sundance Channel drama seriesRectify.

Lari White

Lari WhiteDunedin, Florida native and Florida Girls State alumni Lari Michele White (born May 13, 1965) is an American country music artist and actress. Lari attended Florida Girls State in 1982.

She first gained national attention in 1992 as a winner on You Can Be a Star, a talent competition which aired on The Nashville Network. A recording contract with RCA Records Nashville followed a year later, producing three studio albums, a greatest hits package, and several chart singles. A fourth studio album was released in 1998 on Lyric Street Records, followed by two more releases on White’s own label, Skinny White Girl. Overall, White has charted 12 times on the Billboard country music charts, with three of her singles having reached Top Ten: “That’s My Baby” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” at No. 10, and “Now I Know” at No. 5.