RALEIGH — A Surry County student got a taste of state government by serving as a page in the N.C. General Assembly.
Each year during the legislative session in Raleigh, high school students from across the state participate in the page program to obtain a better understanding of how North Carolina’s government functions, according to House Page Supervisor Misty Greene.
And that role recently was filled by Jacob Hart, a student from East Surry High School.
He was sponsored by Rep. Sarah Stevens of Mount Airy, a Republican who serves the 90th District in the N.C. House of Representatives, which includes Surry and Wilkes counties.
The local student, the son of William and Melissa Hart, was appointed and introduced to the members of the House of Representatives during an actual legislative session.
Officials of the North Carolina House Page Program seek to offer a unique and firsthand experience — what they call “a captivating insight” — to participating students by connecting them with elected leaders.
Pages get the opportunity to observe state lawmakers, lobbyists, staff members and constituents working together in the legislative process.
The pages witness and learn how a bill becomes a law and about the structure of state government.
House pages also attend session and committee meetings each day and have the opportunity to provide office assistance to members and staffs of the House of Representatives.