Lilly Earley, in the chambers of the Florida House [ Amanda Sigmon | Contributed ]
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PSJ eighth grader to serve as House page

Lilly Earley, an eighth grader at Port St. Joe High School has been tasked to be a page for the representatives in the Florida House Chamber Feb. 19 to 23.

Earley is the daughter of Amanda and Eric Sigmon, and Bryan Earley, all of Port St. Joe.  In order to take part in the problem, Earley received approval from Superintendent Jim Norton, Principal Sissy Godwin and State Representative Jason Shoaf. 

In addition to leading the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor, Earley may deliver copies of bills and amendments, provide refreshments, pass notes to members at their desks, or perform other tasks at the request of a member. 

In addition to her prescribed duties, she may participate in several educational activities structured to model a week-long Legislative Session of their own, including bill drafting exercises, mock committee meetings, and a mock session. These civic exercises are held in real committee meeting rooms and the House Chamber to ensure an authentic experience. 

Earley may go on interactive tours, including of the Florida Supreme Court, the Historic Capitol, and the Florida Channel. 

The page program continues a longstanding tradition that dates back to the earliest years of statehood with young Floridians assisting legislators in the passage of the state’s laws, and offers a unique opportunity to see Florida’s state government in action.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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