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Under the Gold Dome (l to r): Marcia Jasperse, Sarahi Flores, Representative Rick Jasperse, Micah Newton, Sophia Scott, and Speaker of the House Jon Burns.

4-Hers PAGE at the Capitol 

Submitted by Pickens 4-H

Recently, Pickens County 4-Hers traveled to Atlanta to the Gold Dome to spend the day as PAGES for Representative Rick Jasperse.  

The students acted as “runners” in the Capitol, delivering important information and messages during the Legislative Session. 

The students received a brief orientation and training session to start the day and were immediately put to work. One of the 4-Hers was literally “pulled” into a room in front of a group of women in agriculture to discuss her 4-H work.  

If that wasn’t memorable enough, this day proved to be particularly interesting because of the discussion on the floor. The controversial bill that was being discussed was to restrict foreign entities from purchasing large amount of agricultural land or around military instillations in Georgia.  

As students reflected on the way home, they had a great discussion about what they had heard that day.  The implications of such a bill was discussed by the 4-Hers and their volunteer leaders. 

At the end of the day, the 4-Hers talked about what a day they had experienced and were possibly there during something that will go down in history as one of the best moves of the Georgia legislature to protect its citizens.  

Sarahi Flores, 9th grader at PHS, stated, “I can’t wait to go back and tell my teacher about this. We just had a test about some of this and I actually got to see it in action.”  

In the end, the day was so much more than delivering messages.  It was about participating in the legislative process in a manner that will become something to be remembered for years to come.  

It was about connecting with those who represent them in a way that most people will never get to experience. 

The 4-Hers would like to express their gratitude to Representative Rick Jasperse for granting them this opportunity.  They also want to say a special thank you to Mrs. Jasperse who went out of her way to make sure the students were taken care every step of the way from picking them up in front of the capitol to being sure they were safe back with their 4-H volunteer leader.   

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