Simonds serves as Page in N.C. Senate

       Raleigh – Taylor Brook Simonds, a graduating senior at James Madison School, served as a page in the North Carolina Senate on May 29-31.
    Taylor was sponsored by Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin) and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger of Rockingham County.
    Statewide high school students in grades 9-12 serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session.
    They perform valuable duties for the senators and their office staff. Pages attend daily senate sessions, committee meetings and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve in the legislature.
    “I had a wonderful time being a Senate Page,” Simonds said. “I had the opportunity to meet many remarklable people that have left quite the impression on me. I learned many things about government, and some of the issues that our senator is trying to address. I was invited to listen to Sen. Davis’ press conference he talked about the opioid crisis and introduced the Hope Act, formerly the heroin and opioid prevention and enforcement act, which will hopefully strengthen law enforcement efforts to tackle the opioid crisis.
    “I was also able to sit in chamber sessions and listen to senators discuss the budget before approving it on Friday morning.”
    She is the daughter of Larry Simonds of Murphy and Tonya Nicholson of Charlotte.