Marys­town Cen­tral High stu­dents dine with Gover­nor Gen­eral

Abby Bren­ton and Mal­lory Spencer in­vited to spe­cial lun­cheon

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

Abby Bren­ton and Mal­lory Spencer both agree that hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to have lunch with the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada Julie Payette was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Go­ing to the Gov­ern­ment house was such a sur­real feel­ing,” Bren­ton told The South­ern Gazette. “It was re­ally fancy and it was just a great ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting to meet and speak with the Gover­nor Gen­eral, the Premier and the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor — they’re all just re­ally hum­ble peo­ple.”

Spencer added, “There were a lot of other in­flu­en­tial peo­ple there. I sat next to Bethany Downer, the girl who is go­ing to train at NASA to be­come an as­tro­naut.

“Just by talk­ing to every­body around me I learned a lot about dif­fer­ent things, dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths it was just a re­ally ed­u­ca­tional and fun ex­pe­ri­ence wrapped up into one,” she said.

The lun­cheon with the Gover­nor Gen­eral was made pos­si­ble by the group Es­teem Women Inc.

Both Bren­ton and Spencer in that past have taken part in pre­vi­ous events hosted by that group.

“The head of that pro­gram got in­vited to the lun­cheon and she was able to take three of her girls with her. So Abby and I were lucky enough to be two (of them).”

Michaela Barnes of Clarenville also at­tended the lun­cheon.

Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

PHOTO CONTRIBUATED BY MALLOR SPENCER

Abby Bren­ton and Mal­lory Spencer said it was a “sur­real” ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing in­vited to at­tend a lun­cheon with Gover­nor Gen­eral Julie Payette, Premier Dwight Ball and Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Judy Foote. Left to right are: Gover­nor Gen­eral Payette, Abby Bren­ton, Mal­lory Spencer and Premier Ball.

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