Senior Serves as Page in Maryland General Assembly

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Senior Serves as Page in Maryland General Assembly

Aparna Verma and Shiza Tanveer

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Not everyone is interested in politics, and it is rare to see a high schooler give it a second glance. But it’s different for senior William Johnson. Johnson applied to be a page for Maryland’s General Assembly, and was chosen, as well as six other students, to represent Baltimore County in the GA.

The Maryland General Assembly is the state legislature for Maryland, and it consists of the House and the Senate. This is basically where legislators meet to discuss and pass laws concerning the state.

“I first heard about it on the morning announcements,” Johnson explained. “It seemed pretty interesting.”

Johnson had to fill out a paper application, in which he was required to write an essay as to why he wanted to become a page.

“I really like government and politics,” Johnson told. “I’m a fan of the national government, but I also wanted to learn about how the state government worked. I even got to meet Governor Martin O’Malley for a short while.”

As well as an essay, Johnson was required to list his academic achievements, in which he was nothing short of impressive. During the week of February 2, from February 3 to February  7, Johnson was in Annapolis, serving in the House of Maryland, running around making coffee, making copies, as well as passing out bills. He stayed with a host family during this week, and found the experience, “cool and interesting.”

While Johnson did not get to choose the chamber with which he could work, he was glad to be assigned to the House because “there are a lot more people there compared to in the Senate, and there’s always something going on,” Johnson remarked.

“Potentially, I’d like to hold office,” he said. “I like the idea of helping people. It’s really a cool thing to do.”

Johnson is interested in economics and political science. As a senior, he has applied for several colleges. His first choice is the Naval Academy, but he has been accepted into the University of Michigan as well as the University of North Carolina.

He saw nothing negative about the page experience.

“It was just a really fun thing to do. I enjoyed it very much. It was such a cool experience,” Johnson commented.

Johnson will return to Annapolis once again in the end of March, during another session of Maryland’s GA. There will be more work this time but as Johnson said, “It just adds to the fun.”

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Johnson (far left) poses with other interns at Maryland’s General Assembly.