Leland & Gray student to serve as legislative page

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TOWNSHEND — Leland & Gray eighth grader Treynor "Trey" Crego is heading to Montpelier.

Crego recently received a letter congratulating him on being accepted as a student page during a 2016 legislative session.

His mother's friend, Robin Lunge, had told Crego about the opportunity. She is Vermont's director of health care reform.

"I wanted to see first hand how our government works," Crego said. "I will be delivering information to certain delegates."

Beginning on April 5, Crego will serve as a legislative page for six weeks. He returns to Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School on Mondays but will attend home school Tuesdays through Fridays.

"I don't know how I'll keep up with schoolwork," admitted Crego. "It's something I'm nervous about."

Out of 150 applicants, Crego was one of 30 kids chosen for the job. Ten students were selected for each of the year's three sessions.

"I'm incredibly excited for it. I can't wait to start," said Crego.

His plan involves bringing up start times for schools. After learning Brattleboro Union High School started holding their first classes later in the day while Leland & Gray stayed the same, he wanted to learn more.

If anything, the experience will look good on his résumé.

"I'm hoping this could lead to more college and job opportunities," said Crego, who says he will return to the West River Valley with knowledge about how bills introduced by the Legislature will affect schools. "I know some kids that do care about the government but others didn't know anything about the Legislature or the different positions. It's understandable that they don't but they should know something. When I come back, they will ask and I will definitely tell them all about it."

He suggests other students apply for the position if they are at all interested in government.

Crego enjoys playing soccer whenever he can. He plays on the middle school soccer team and a Brattleboro soccer club with hopes to play professionally someday.

Ideally, Crego would play in England for Chelsea. But he knows that will all depend how his high school athletic career goes. His favorite position is center attacking, a spot in the midfield.

He expects the teamwork that he has learned out on the field will be reinforced when he is putting in hours at the State House.

"I will need to collaborate with the other pages and follow the directions that we're given," Crego said. "I feel like there will be times to volunteer but when you're picked, you're picked to do what's asked. It's your job."

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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