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Two Hagerstown high school students volunteering as pages in Maryland General Assembly

Steven Wang of NHHS and Colby Robinson of SHHS get taste of politics

January 19, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Steven Wang of North Hagerstown High School and Colby Robinson of South Hagerstown High School are volunteering as pages in the Maryland General Assembly.
By Andrew Schotz, Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS — Students from two Hagerstown high schools are getting a taste of the state legislative process this week.

Steven Wang of North Hagerstown High School has been volunteering as a page in the House.

Colby Robinson of South Hagerstown High School has been in the Senate.

Some of their duties during the sessions are mundane — like handing out bills and fetching coffee — but they're getting an up-close look at the Maryland General Assembly and its members.

They are scheduled to be pages for five days this week, then return for another week in March.

Wang said he's been interested in politics as long as he can remember. Since his freshman year in high school, he's wanted to be a page.

He said citizens should fulfill their civic duties, which includes understanding how government works.

Wang is the student member of the Washington County Board of Education.

Robinson said he wanted to meet elected officials and possibly get some recommendations.

He is hoping to go through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He said he's already been accepted to Virginia Military Institute.

Wang's goal is to be part of a dual major program in international relations and business at the University of Pennsylvania. He's hoping to become a CEO one day, but he's not sure which field to choose.

Wang and Robinson sat in on Wednesday's Washington County delegation meeting. They and other pages have watched committee hearings and toured the State House.

During the delegation meeting, lawmakers joked about the fact that the students attend rival high schools in Hagerstown.

"This is the best North and South ever worked together," Del. Andrew A. Serafini quipped.

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