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Halifax County High School freshman returns to Capitol as head page

Halifax County High School freshman Heather Griles is returning to the Capitol in Richmond as head page in the 2013 House of Delegates’ Page Program.

 

One boy and one girl are chosen from the prior year’s page program to assist the new crop of pages selected to work during the upcoming General Assembly session, and Griles was the lucky girl.

After participating last year as a page, she is looking forward to the differences and responsibilities being the head page will present.

The 14-year-old once again will call the Omni Hotel in downtown Richmond home from Jan. 6 until Feb. 23 while she participates in the program. The General Assembly will hold a short session this year working on state business for only six weeks. Last year, Griles enjoyed being in Richmond for a lengthy nine weeks session.

“I feel like I’ve really accomplished something by getting head page,” said Griles.

Similar to being a page, Griles had to submit an application and interview with her delegate who also wrote a letter of recommendation. She had to be approved by chaperons and have prior experience as a page.

The experienced page isn’t nervous because she said she already knows what to expect. The duties however may change a little because she will spend all of her time on the floor this legislative session or in the page room assisting this year’s pages.

School work is not a worry for Griles, who admits last year her grades actually improved while in the program. All pages and head pages are required to spend two hours each night in study hall to complete schoolwork.

“I’m looking forward to getting paid. Being a head page means more money,” said Griles.

Being the last opportunity Griles will have to participate in the program, she said she looks forward to bringing her “good work ethic” and experience to this year’s experience.