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Student offers thoughts on Governor's Page Program

posted Nov 20, 2017, 3:01 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Hi, my name is Emma Johnson and I am a Student News Ambassador for Burke County Public Schools.  I wanted to share my experience as a Governor’s Page in Raleigh.  The Governor’s Page Program helps high school students learn about state government in North Carolina and assist staff in the Governor’s office.  I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to find my way around downtown Raleigh and learn about careers within the government.  I was the only Burke County student representing Freedom High School as a Governor's Page this past week.  Jack Swanson, another student at Freedom has also represented Burke County through this program.  I shared this experience with six other students that were mostly from surrounding Raleigh counties.  While pages, we took tours of the Legislative Building, State Capitol Building, NC Museum of History, the Executive Mansion and many other important buildings in downtown Raleigh.  We met with Governor Roy Cooper, Judge Chris Dillon from the NC Court of Appeals, a speaker from the NC Center for Safer Schools, Deputy Agriculture Commissioner David Smith, and many others throughout the week.  Talking to and taking pictures with the Governor was an interesting experience as he talked with us about future leaders and how we can help to shape our future.  I wanted to write about my experience to emphasize how important it is to take advantage of your opportunities and take in as much as you can when it comes to experiencing the world.  I would have never been exposed to the jobs and people if I hadn’t taken advantage of the opportunity presented to me.  If you are interested in this program you can learn more and apply to be chosen at: https://governor.nc.gov/governors-page-programI hope that you will apply and be a part of this awesome program.