Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 18, 2011
First student from Oklahoma School for the Blind
pages at State Capitol
Aubry Weatherly is a freshman at the Oklahoma School for the Blind
in Muskogee. Last week, she had the opportunity to spend four days
at the State Capitol serving as a Senate page – the first
student from her school to do so. She paged for Sen. Earl
Garrison who represents Muskogee County where the school is
“Aubry is a bright young lady whose presence was a blessing
to everyone who had the fortune to meet or work with her,”
said Garrison, D-Muskogee. “I admire her and greatly appreciated
her positive attitude and work ethic. She’s a shining example
of what one can accomplish in life regardless of a disability. She
was an inspiration to all of us but mostly to the other pages, who
told me repeatedly how they enjoyed getting to know her and enjoyed
accompanying her on errands. I want to wish her all the best in
what I know will be a very successful future.”
Garrison hopes that that more students from the Oklahoma School
for the Blind will be able to page in the future now that Aubry
has set an example.
Aubry was accompanied during the week by her mother Tammy.
“It was such an honor for Aubry to be a part of the legislative
process. She had a great time, learned a lot and made some new friends,”
said Tammy. “I hope more students from her school are afforded
the opportunity to page in the future. It was an incredible learning
In her spare time, sixteen-year-old Aubry enjoys singing, playing
music and reading among other things. She plays the alto saxophone
in the school’s jazz band, sings in the school choir and also
plays the piano and guitar. Aubry wants to major in music in college.
“I was so excited when I found out that I had been chosen
to page. It was a fun experience. I learned a lot about the legislature
that I didn’t know before just because as pages we got to
attend committee meetings and be on the Senate floor and listen
to debate,” said Aubry. “Everyone at the Senate and
the other pages were so nice. I’m happy that I got to participate
in the program and would love to come back and do it again when
I’m a senior.”
The Weatherly’s live in Sen. Don
Barrington’s district in Lawton. He presented Aubry with
an Oklahoma flag as a token of his appreciation for her service
to the state.
“Every year we get to meet outstanding students from all
across the state through the page program and this year was no exception.
Aubry is an incredibly talented musician and student, and I enjoyed
getting to meet her and visit with her throughout the week,”
said Barrington, R-Lawton.
In order for Aubry to attend the School for the Blind in Muskogee,
she is picked up by a school bus on Sunday afternoons, transported
to Muskogee where she lives in a school dorm room throughout the
week, and is then brought back home to Lawton on Thursday evenings.
“It was such a pleasure meeting and getting to know Aubry.
She chose the perfect time to page since last week was one of the
busiest weeks of the session,” said Sen. Randy
Bass, D-Lawton. “She was a great help and we appreciated
her hard work. I’m looking forward to hearing great things
about her in the future.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Garrison: (405) 521-5533
Sen. Barrington: (405) 521-5563
Sen. Bass: (405) 521-5567