Taylor heads to Raleigh

RSHS sophomore to be legislative page

By Kevin Spradlin

This is no ordinary Monday morning for Alyson Taylor.

The 16-year-old sophomore at Richmond Senior High School left over the weekend to begin a week-long stint in the Governor’s Page Program. Being a page is akin to an introductory course in state government.

Photo credit LifeTouch Photography Alyson Taylor, a sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is in Raleigh this week for the Governor's Page Program.

Photo credit LifeTouch Photography
Alyson Taylor, a sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is in Raleigh this week for the Governor’s Page Program.

Taylor said she was inspired to apply for the program after watching “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” a 1939 political comedy starring James Stewart. In the film, Stewart is a naive, newly elected congressional representative who ends up taking on the political machine — and wins.

Taylor said she liked Stewart’s character because “he was the underdog.”

The Governor’s Page Program was established in 1975 in order to “provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the function and roles of state government while learning about the importance of public service,” according to the program website.

Taylor said her parents helped fill out the application, which was submitted through Rep. Ken Goodman.

“It looks good on a college application,” said Taylor, who aspires to become a surgeon.

Taylor will work her assigned duties from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Her first official place of duty is 116 W. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh in the Governor’s Office in the Administration Building.

Taylor, who has tentatively narrowed down her college choices to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or East Carolina University, said she is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including JV softball, JV cheerleading, Beta Club and IDFY, an anti-drug awareness organization.

In addition, she completed a month-long volunteer program last summer at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham. During that volunteer experience, Taylor said she worked in nearly every department, but “radiology … that was my favorite.”

Taylor said she also volunteers at Richmond County Hospice.


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  • notaverysmartman

    Can you get her name right???

    • Kevin Spradlin

      I apologize for the error; after nine months in business, one thing I know: I’m human.

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  • notsmart2

    Lemme get this straight. This person does you a favor and gives you information to make you look less ignorant and you complain about the way he does it? You should just hire an Editor. The stories on PDP show that you need one.

    • Kevin Spradlin

      There was no complaint made; rather, in order for his concern about the error to be addressed in the most efficient manner possible, I provided multiple ways that this person (or any other reader) could contact the newsroom directly.

      Comments at the bottom of any given story aren’t monitored as they com in one by one, so it could be minutes, hours, days or longer before the comment is seen.

      Thank you for taking the time to write.

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