Local Girls Scouts shine as honorary pages in State House

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Tatum Springer and Bailey Sullivan goof around a soda machine after school. The young women are among just six Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina to be selected as Honorary Legislative Pages for the state legislature. COURTESY GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN B

Two local Girl Scouts, Tatum Springer of Bluffton and Bailey Sullivan of Hilton Head Island, have been chosen to serve as Honorary Legislative Pages for South Carolina. The two were selected from many applications submitted across the state. Only six girls were chosen from Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina; they are the only two from Southern Beaufort County.

Springer is a 10th grader at May River High and Sullivan is a 10th grader as well at Hilton Head Preparatory School. Both girls have earned their Bronze and Silver awards and both have been Girl Scouts for more than 10 years.

Both girls have extraordinary resumes with many leadership roles, numerous school clubs, and a number of certifications such as CPR and First Aid. Springer and Sullivan are both currently working on their Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor a girl can earn.

This year, Sullivan and Springer will be working on their Government badges.

Sullivan wanted to do the page program because her goal is to become a human rights attorney and "this experience will give me more knowledge about how government works."

Sullivan is working with the Neighborhood Outreach Program for her Gold Award project, in hopes of helping build a new educational building. She is involved with meeting with a contractor to discuss costs and learning about building codes. Next, she will be looking to help the organization acquire a piece of land.

After learning about baby sea turtles being removed from their nests then merely discarded in the trash, for her Gold Award Project, Springer is looking at an intense educational campaign for visitors to our area. She wants to provide information to all the hotels and rental companies to give to their guests, along with posting PSA's in elevators and other places for visitors.

Springer has found her honors government and economics class surprisingly interesting and intriguing. "I think the page program will be an insightful outlet and gateway to learn more about government," she said.

The page program gives an opportunity for high school students to participate as pages in the State House during the week that regular pages are on spring break from school. Working for three days in March, the girls will split their time between the House and the Senate.

They will get to experience working with elected officials, seeing how things work with lobbyists, training on legislative protocol and procedures, and networking with other Girl Scouts.

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