Dickson junior Erica Watkins served as a House page for Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) Mar. 4-7. She began her duties with an orientation session and participated in the House Page Mock Legislation program. During the mock session, Watkins debated two bills. T he first required students to submit to drug testing for participation in secondary school athletics and extracurricular activities and created a drug-counseling program. The second dealt with school security, allowing certain individuals to carry a handgun on school property.
“Erica is a true reflection of the students in my district, bright and hard-working,” Ownbey said. “The page program gives students the chance to step into the shoes of state legislators and gain a real insight into the legislative process.”