Chas. Co. Students Selected to Serve as 2016 General Assembly Pages

LA PLATA, Md. (Dec. 12, 2015)—Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school seniors were recently selected to serve as student pages in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Page program. The program gives students the opportunity to work with the General Assembly for two weeks during the 2016 legislative session.

The students who will serve as student pages are:

Shelby Lawanson, Westlake High School.
Shelby Lawanson, Westlake High School

Justin Ryan, La Plata High School.
Justin Ryan, La Plata High School

Dennis Whitley IV of North Point High School.
Dennis Whitley IV of North Point High School

Franklin Olmsted of Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Franklin Olmsted of Maurice J. McDonough High School was selected as the Student Page Alternate.

The opportunity to serve in the legislative page program is offered annually to Charles County Public Schools seniors. Students who apply are selected through a series of interviews. Applicants must also write an essay to describe their interest to participate in the program.

These students will work with the General Assembly as Student Pages for two weeks during the spring 2016 legislative session. During the two-week period, students are assigned to work with either the Maryland Senate or House of Delegates in Annapolis. Duties include delivering messages to staff, distributing legislative materials, assisting visitors and working with staff committees and other legislative offices.

The program is designed to interest youth in state government and the proceedings of the legislature, increase participation in government, foster leadership skills and provide students with worthwhile experiences in state government. For more information, visit the Maryland General Assembly’s website at

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