Friday, August 5, 2011

Roche Selected to Work in Washington, D.C. as Senate Page

Wells High School student Sean Roche learned that he will begin his junior year of study in Washington, D.C., working at one of the most exciting ‘after school’ jobs any teenager could possibly hope for. From September to January, he will become a Senatorial Page in the United States Senate, living, working, and studying in the nation’s Capital.
“I was honored. I was really excited to hear,” said Roche in a brief interview. “I was really surprised actually because I really wanted it...” However, Roche was under no illusions of getting appointed when he applied, because only 30 students are selected at a time. Roche was appointed by Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Maine.
To qualify to be a Page, one must be an American citizen and a high school junior with a 3.0 or above grade point average. Pages work for members of either party and are supervised by the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms.
They live a short distance from the Capital complex at Daniel Webster Hall. A typical weekday for these students includes high school studies on the lower level of this facility from 6:45 a.m. till 9:45 a.m. Depending on the Senate’s schedule, their workday in the Senate begins about an hour after school.
According to the U.S. Senate’s web site, “Senate Page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties include preparing the chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.”
Roche indicated he will enjoy this rare proximity to history in the making as the subject of history is his favorite, along with math. He feels it is one thing to read about government in class and another to handle actual legislative documents.
The Senate Page program is over 100 years old. Former Pages include Hannah Pingree (current Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives), Amy Carter (daughter of former President Jimmy Carter), Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and former Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew.
Sean Roche is the son of Cindy and Tim Roche of Wells. After high school, Roche says he would like to attend either Stanford University or Pepperdine University.
Photo caption: Sean Roche of Wells was recently selected to participate in a Senate Page position, studying and working during his junior year of high school in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Reg Bennett)