Caleigh Shade to Represent Allegany County during Legislative Session
Allegany High School senior, Caleigh Shade, was selected to represent Allegany County as a Student Page during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session held at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Reid Buskirk, senior at Mountain Ridge High School, will serve as this year’s alternate.
The purpose of the Student Page program is to raise the youth awareness level in state government and legislative proceedings. Each selected page will have an assortment of duties assigned to them during their two-week terms in either the House of Delegates or the State Senate. Such duties may include bookkeeping, distribution of materials, running errands, answering telephones, and delivering messages. A page may also earn the opportunity to work within the legislative offices to assist staff members.
In order to qualify for the program, students must be in their senior year of high school at a Maryland public or private school and be at least sixteen years old. Additionally, candidates should express an interest in government and history; exhibit characteristics such as reliability, competence, friendliness, and politeness; dress appropriately for the professional position; have no conduct misdemeanors; and maintain a reputable academic record.
Caleigh is a member of the Teenage Republican Party and a member of the Allegany County Women’s Republican Club. She interned for Amie Hoeber during her campaign run for the U.S. Representative of District 6 and was named one of Allegany Magazine’s 35 People Under 35. Caleigh works part-time in retail sales and as a lifeguard. She plans to major in political communications in college.
Alternate student page, Reid Buskirk, is the President of Mountain Ridge’s student body and the President of the Allegany County Association of Student Councils. He also participates in the Concert Choir, the Mens’ Elite Choir, and works in the school’s theatre department. Reid plans to study political science in college.
Student Page candidates not only had to complete an application provided by the Maryland General Assembly, but they also had to appear before an interview committee made up of their Student Council peers and compose an essay highlighting their reasons for wanting to participate in the program.