Ben Haley, a 17 year-old rising senior at Patrick Henry High School received a leather-bound “Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship” for his work in the United States Senate as Senator Jim Webb’s page. Haley was one of only four pages to receive a certificate and is the only page from Virginia. The selection process includes input from those they work for, the Secretary of the Senate, and the principal of the school.
The selection process is highly competitive. There are only thirty page positions available and not all students who seek a position can be accommodated. Pages must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Senate pages experience living away from home and attending school with students from across the country. Pages meet with some of the Nation’s most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates of the United States Senate
In a phone call Ben said that he plans to spend his summer volunteering for the Creigh Deeds Democratic Gubernatorial campaign. Ben is bipartisan but “leans” Democratic. He is considering three colleges – the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Vanderbilt. Ben should have no problem with “straight A’s for his junior year.”
Pages attend the US Senate Page School in the basement of their dorm in Webster Hall five days a week. Classes run from 30 minutes to 50 minutes and they are required to be available an hour prior to the Senate convening. “There was more homework than he was accustomed to …it is a hectic lifestyle,” said Ben. He hopes the disciplined experience will prepare him for college.
Ben plans to major in political science and become a political analyst. He would then like to work for a Senator or the President helping them create their platform on specific issues.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Politics, Roanoke City Public Schools