Richland County Commissioner Marilyn John, right, reads aloud the proclamation that declares Monday as "Paralegal Day." First-year North Central State College students, Alexandrea Gehrisch and Jessica Hendershott (left and middle) accept the proclamation, which will be presented during a special luncheon Monday at NCSC. 

MANSFIELD, Ohio--The Richland County Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation Thursday morning during their regular meeting that declares Monday, April 20, 2015 as "Paralegal Day."

First-year North Central State College (NCSC) students, Jessica Hendershott and Alexandrea Gehrisch, attended the meeting to accept the proclamation, which will be presented during a special luncheon Monday at NCSC. Ten graduates of North Central's paralegal program will be recognized during the luncheon.

Both Hendershott and Gehrisch are on track to complete the paralegal program next year. They've enjoyed the program, they said, and praised their professor, Judith Sturgill, for her excellent instruction and guidance.

Hendershott is currently working for Attorney Bud Vetter in Mansfield. She started working for him in January of this year. Of her experience, she said, "It's been amazing. The things that I've learned working with him, I don't think you could really teach in school. He's been doing this for 35 years and his knowledge is just out of this world, so it's been a really great experience."

She's already been offered a job at Vetter Law Offices after she graduates next year, she said.

Gehrisch said she hopes to continue learning more about the paralegal profession in the hope of obtaining a job after she graduates.  

In the proclamation reading, Commissioner Marilyn John said, "In keeping with the high standards traditionally associated with the practice of law and delivery of legal services, paralegals have distinguished themselves and their professions such that it is fitting that the citizens of Richland County recognize the contribution and achievements of these dedicated professionals toward the betterment of society."

Commissioner Tim Wert encouraged Gehrisch and Hendershott to keep up the good work. "It's an important profession--I really do believe that," he said.

"We're learning exactly how important and exactly how much work goes into it," Hendershott responded. 

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