Jun 30 2011

Shelby Announces Graduation of Distinguished Senate Page

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced the graduation of Savannah Glidewell from the United States Senate Page Program.

Savannah is a rising senior at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama where she is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program.  She is on the varsity soccer team and also enjoys playing golf.  Savannah received the Harvard Book Award for her outstanding service as a Senate page.  She graduated from the program on June 10, 2011.

“The U.S. Senate Page Program is a highly competitive program that is an important compliment to these students’ academic studies.  Their experiences help bring to life what they have studied in the classroom,” said Shelby. “Spending time in our nation’s capital inspires and motivates young people to one day seek elected office or work as public servants.  I know the bright, energetic students, such as Savannah, who participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program will go on to achieve great things, whether in Washington, D.C., Alabama or elsewhere.”

Savannah said of her experience in the Senate Page Program:

“As A United States Senate page, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how our government runs and it has led me to respect even more the men and women who serve in these bodies and the traditions and responsibilities that come with doing so.  Being in Washington, DC and witnessing and learning all of this has inspired me more to strive to do well so that one day I may make a difference in the world as well.”

For over 100 years, high school juniors have been appointed and sponsored by a Senator to become Congressional Pages. During her time enrolled in the Senate Page Program in D.C., Savannah attended a joint session of Congress where she watched the Prime Minister of Australia address the House of Representatives and the Senate, listened to debates on many controversial pieces of legislation, and had the opportunity to meet and speak with Vice President Joe Biden.  Her duties as a page included delivering correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional complex, preparing the chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.