Fall graduates from Western Carolina University included Seth Harrison Lewis, of Pinehurst, who earned a bachelor’s degree in motion picture and television production; Jillian Leigh Murray, of Pinehurst, a master’s degree in business administration; Timothy J. Powers, of Vass, bachelor’s degree in science engineering technology; and Michael Wayne Bachman, of Whispering Pines, a master’s degree in health sciences.
Gregory Reaves, a student at Union Pines High School, served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Maria Duclos, also a student at Union Pines High School, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Claire Duclos, of Carthage.
Both were sponsored by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg).
Tillis appoints the pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.
For decades, the State House has relied on the service of pages, who help deliver bills and amendments for representatives during daily House sessions and committee meetings, offer assistance in individual representatives’ offices, and run errands around the Legislature.
Pages spend a week at the General Assembly assisting members and their staff and learning about the structure of North Carolina government.
The North Carolina Senate was honored recently to have Mickayla Bender, a student at Pinecrest High School, serve as a page. Mickayla was sponsored by Sen. Harris Blake and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger of Rockingham County.
Statewide high school students in grades nine through 12 serve as pages with the General Assembly is in session. They perform valuable duties for the senators and their office staff.
They attend daily Senate sessions, committee meetings, and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve in the legislature
Devonte Shahem Nachad Wilson, of West End, participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. He spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page in the Department of Transportation for the week of March 28-April 1.
The Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the roles and functions of state government.
During the week, pages have a chance to attend press conferences, meet with the governor and assist in day-to-day office operations. Some of their responsibilities include filing documents, assisting in mass mailings, answering telephones and delivering agency messages.
Pages also tour several state government buildings, such as the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Supreme Court, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of History and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women.
Devonte is the son of Sharitta Wilson and is a junior at Pinecrest High School.
Texie Arnold, daughter of Sally Wood, of Pinehurst, and Marks Arnold, of Raleigh, has been named to the first semester honor roll at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, where she is a senior.
To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must maintain a weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher in at least five academic courses while maintaining the status of a student in good standing with the Judicial Board and administration.
Aleesha Gardner, of Pinebluff, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Richmond Community College in Hamlet on April 7.
She is an associate in science major. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average and have completed 12 semester credit hours of student to be eligible. Graduates are recognized at graduation by wearing gold honors cords and stoles with their regalia.
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