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Carolyn Stabile ‘13 Recently Served as a Page to the Maryland Senate!
Carolyn Stabile '13 recently served as a page to the Maryland Senate. It is a very competitive process to be chosen as a page and Carolyn is grateful that Mrs. Guler informed her about this opportunity, as well as helped her with her application. Only 105 students from throughout the state (divided among Maryland's 24 counties) are given the opportunity to page. Since 1970, Maryland's high school seniors have had the opportunity to learn about the legislative process by serving as student pages in the Senate and the House of Delegates during the annual session of the Maryland General Assembly. The program was begun by House Speaker Thomas Hunter Lowe and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. Each year, 105 pages and 36 alternates are selected from across the State to represent their schools and counties in Annapolis.
The Page program is nonpatronage, and selection is done through the local school systems. Each county in Maryland has a county page coordinator who is appointed by the local superintendent of schools. This person is responsible for organizing and conducting the selection process used by the county's public and nonpublic schools to select the students who will serve as pages and alternates. Each selected page serves two nonconsecutive weeks in either the House of Delegates or the Senate. During the 13 weeks of session, which runs from the second week in January to early April, each page serves one week during the first eight weeks and returns for a second week during the last five. The duties of the page revolve around the schedule of the chamber to which the page is assigned. Whenever their assigned chamber is in session, pages must be present.
We congratulate Carolyn on this wonderful experience! While being a page, she had the opportunity to have pictures taken with the Governor and with TCHS alumnae- Senator Kathy Klausmeier.