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Head page returns from Richmond

Halifax County High School freshman Heather Griles returned from Richmond after seven weeks at the Capitol serving as head page in the 2013 House of Delegates’ Page Program.

According to Griles, she not only made lasting friendships but also acquired additional leadership skills.

“I learned how to be a leader and how to handle certain situations. As head page you were given responsibilities…more in charge,” said Griles.

Compared to her first year as page, Griles said this session she had more responsibility as head page, and she was paid more.

The pages were split into two teams, and Griles oversaw team A. The other head page was over team B. 

The head pages assisted with being on the floor, handing out delegates’ orders, helping the pages with their jobs, answering the phone, and they also had duties at the hotel. 

The pages called the Omni Hotel in downtown Richmond home from Jan. 6 until Feb. 23. The head pages would supervise halls, elevators and room checks.

Griles said the typical day began at 8:30 a.m. and was usually over around 5 p.m. except Fridays when they were allowed to leave at 2 p.m. 

“I liked it all,” said Griles.

She was able to see many familiar faces including Governor Bob McDonnell, Speaker of the House William Howell, two time Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas and DeAngelo Hall, who plays cornerback for the Washington Redskins and was a former player for Virginia Tech.

“I’m going to miss all the people. Especially the people I worked with everyday because last year I had the option to come back, but I can’t go back anymore,” said Griles.

Griles suggests those eligible apply because “it’s a great experience, best experience you’ll ever have, and you’ll meet a lot of people and make connections.”