UNCG Campus Weekly

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Paul Kocher, a freshman in UNCG Beyond Academics, makes history

090716Spotlight_KocherThis summer, Paul Kocher made history as North Carolina’s first state legislative intern with Down syndrome.

The first-year UNCG Beyond Academics student spent his summer working in Rep. John Bradford’s office helping with events, interacting with lawmakers and attending committee meetings.

Kocher’s favorite tasks were applying Bradford’s signature wax seal to constituent letters and navigating the tricky hallways of the North Carolina legislative building to deliver mail to three different offices.

But the highlight of Kocher’s summer was attending debates on the House floor – a privilege reserved only for pages. With honorary page credentials, however, he was able to attend debates and votes. Bradford would look back at Kocher for a thumbs up or thumbs down before each vote.

By Jeanie Groh

Visual: Kocher and Bradford, r-l. Photograph by Martin Kane.

Full story at UNCG Now.