Student Page Program & App Challenge

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:12pm

Student Page Program

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 non-patronage, 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 county is allocated at least one page and one alternate position and receives additional positions based on its high school senior student population. Interested students apply through their schools in September of their senior year, and selection is completed by October 31 of each year.

Each high school, in consultation with the social studies department, will nominate one senior using the following considerations:

  • Pages must be graduating seniors. 
  • Pages must have signed parental/guardian permission.
  • Pages should be enthusiastic about government, politics, law, or
  • community service and show a demonstrated interest in state government.
  • Pages must be mature and able to engage with fellow pages and authority figures. 

The nominated student must complete and submit the attached form to the Office Advanced Placement and Secondary Social Studies and Advance Placement (10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042) by October 19, 2017.

Some school nominees will be invited to participate in a final selection interview at the central office on October 26 or 27, 2017 between 12:00 - 4:00pm. (No expectations for interview dates will be made). Students selected to serve as a page will receive notification directly from officers of the State Assembly by the second week of November.

 

Congressional App Challenge

Interested in designing your own app? Consider entering the app design contest being sponsored by Congress and shared with us from Congressman Cummings’ office.  The contest ends on November 1, 2017.

Established by the US House of Representatives in 2014, this 14-week competition allows students to create and submit their own app for the opportunity to receive nationwide recognition. Students may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) will have their apps featured on a display in the Capitol Building, and will be honored by their Member of Congress.

Please see the attached flyer for details.