Four local students recently served as pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Pages generally run errands for officials and House staff.

Cameron Melendez of Laurel is pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Rep. Gary Staples, who sponsored his visit. Cameron is the son of Luis and Tara Melendez and attends Laurel Christian School. When asked about the week, Cameron said, “I loved the experience and am appreciative of the opportunity that has been provided to me by my uncle Gary Staples.”

Daniel Tanious of Laurel is pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Rep. Gary Staples, who sponsored his visit. Daniel is the son of Aremmia and Bonnie Tanious. When asked about the week, Daniel said, “This has been an amazing experience and a great opportunity to learn what really goes on in the political world.”

Tyler Byrd of Laurel is pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Rep. Gary Staples, who sponsored his visit. Tyler is the son of Eric and Stacey Byrd and attends South Jones High School. When asked about the week, Tyler said, “Paging for the House of Representatives this week has been such a great experience. I’ve learned so much about our state legislature, met new friends and made positive connections with many representatives. Being involved in the law-making process has opened my eyes to how our state legislature works and has sparked my interest in politics. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the Capitol.”

John Hanna of Ellisville is pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Rep. Gary Staples, who sponsored his visit. John is the son of Brian and Tania Hanna and attends South Jones High School. When asked about the week, John said, “Being a page this past week for the House of Representatives has been an honor. I’ve learned about politics and what all has to be done to pass a bill. I had a great time and will be back next year. I’ve met a lot of new people and made great connections.”

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