It’s not every day that students get an invite from the state’s First Lady to visit the Governor’s Mansion, but that’s just what happened for some WCS high school students on November 9.
Working with the United Way of Williamson County, two students from each WCS high school planted daffodils with First Lady Crissy Haslam at the Governor’s Mansion.
“It was an honor to be selected and have the opportunity to visit the Governor’s Mansion, as well as speak to the First Lady about how our activity that day related to my future career goal—landscape architecture,” said Page High student Daniel Medley.
Students who participated include Julia Anderson and Abigail Ezell, Brentwood; Anna Hall and Brent Cranston, Centennial; Cassidy Berry and Elliott Jones, Fairview; Alexandra Grouzis and Diana Sevier, Franklin; Addison Coggins and Liam Spolentini, Independence; Carson Robble and Caroline White, Nolensville; Anna Hurd and Daniel Medley, Page; Noah Mirtes and Chris Sheldon, Ravenwood; Karina Mireles and Maura Stein, Renaissance; and Emily Bilicki and Lauren Maxwell, Summit.
“Having the opportunity to plant daffodil bulbs at the Governor’s mansion was a great honor for the Fairview High School students,” said Fairview agriculture teacher David Harper, who joined the students at the mansion. “The daffodil bulbs will bloom every spring for decades to come and will always be a reminder to our students and FFA chapter that they had a part in beautifying the grounds at the mansion.”
After spending the morning planting flowers with the First Lady, students were invited inside to enjoy a special lunch prepared by the executive chef before being taken on a tour of the mansion.
“As I got an inside look at the Governor’s Mansion, I realized that our leaders are welcoming people who are just like us,” said Page High student Anna Hurd. “I’m so blessed that I was able to contribute to our state and leave a mark to be admired for years to come.”