Kennedy Snell

From left, District 109 State Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, Union Grove Middle School seventh-grader and Georgia House of Representatives page Kennedy Snell, age 12, and Speaker of the House David Ralston gather before the close of the 2018 session.

A student from Henry County Schools recently represented the community at the State Capitol.

Kennedy Snell, a seventh-grader at Union Grove Middle School in McDonough, was selected by District 109 State Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, to serve as a page for the Georgia House of Representatives during the 2018 Georgia General Assembly.

According to a news release, the House page program has a 50-year history of being an excellent opportunity for students to learn about state government and politics.

The page program is an exclusive opportunity offering Georgia’s students the chance to visit the state Capitol, deliver messages and information to the members of the House and learn how the state government works.

In addition to performing legislative duties, as a page, Kennedy observed lawmakers, governmental affairs consultants, staff and constituents working together in the legislative process. She also met with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Kennedy and Kelsey Snell

From left, District 10 State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Ellenwood, sisters and Georgia Senate pages Kennedy and Kelsey Snell of McDonough, 12 and 14 respectively, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle gather before the close of the 2018 session.

Kennedy enjoyed her first experience with the House of Representatives so much that she accepted an invitation to serve as a page for a second day with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and District 10 State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Ellenwood. She convinced her sister Kelsey, a Union Grove High School student, to join her. They both now aspire to serve again in 2019 and to serve in Washington, D.C. in the future.

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