Senate pages from FHS express high ambitions

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Ranesha Edmundson would like to be president one day.

The ambitious teen-ager, who was born in Cleveland but has been calling Frankfort home most of her life, hardly blinks as she lists her career goals. A senior at Frankfort High School, Edmundson says she'll probably spend some time in the state legislature first, as senator, before heading to Washington.

"I'm really in love with law," says Edmundson. "There aren't any lawyers in my family so that would be a first... It's just really important to be successful."

Her classmate Emmanuel Fields feels the same way.

"I'd like to be a future (state) senator when I grow up," says Fields, tugging on his navy-blue necktie. "And then maybe U.S. senator."

For now, Edmundson and Fields, along with fellow FHS senior Josh Clark, are serving as Senate constitutional pages during the 2004 legislative session. The three talked enthusiastically about their new jobs and career goals, before being scurried off by legislative staff to do some more work.

Clark said he's been interested in the legislative process most of his life.

"Ever since I was little I've had something for government," he says. "I think by getting involved in government you can make a difference and help people out."

According to LRC staff, Edmundson and Fields are the first African Americans to serve as state Senate constitutional pages in recent memory.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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