Student Page Program for Maryland High School Seniors
Since 1970, Maryland's high school seniors have had the
opportunity to learn about the legislative process by serving as student pages
in the Senate and the House of Delegates during the annual session of the
Maryland General Assembly. The program was begun by House Speaker Thomas Hunter
Lowe and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. Each year, 105
pages and 36 alternates are selected from across the State to represent their
schools and counties in Annapolis.
The Page program is nonpatronage, and selection is done
through the local school systems. Each county in Maryland has a county page coordinator
who is appointed by the local superintendent of schools. This person is
responsible for organizing and conducting the selection process used by the
county's public and nonpublic schools to select the students who will serve as
pages and alternates.
Each county is allocated at least one page and one alternate
position and receives additional positions based on its high school senior
student population. Interested students apply through their schools in
September of their senior year, and selection is completed by October 31 of
All applicants must:
Reside in the State of Maryland and attend a Maryland public or
nonpublic high school. (One "at-large" page position is available
for students who reside in Maryland but attend schools outside the State or who
receive their schooling at home. These students must apply directly to the
MGA Page Coordinator no later than October 15 of each year.);
Be a high school senior and at least 16 years of age;
Have or obtain a Social Security number;
Exhibit an interest in government and history;
Have a record of good conduct;
Be competent, courteous, reliable, and efficient;
Have an average or above average scholastic record;
Wear appropriate dress and exhibit good personal grooming; and
Be outgoing and like to meet people.
Each selected page serves two nonconsecutive weeks in either
the House of Delegates or the Senate. During the 13 weeks of session, which
runs from the second week in January to early April, each page serves one week
during the first eight weeks and returns for a second week during the last
five. The duties of the page revolve around the schedule of the chamber to
which the page is assigned. Whenever their assigned chamber is in session,
pages must be present.
Duties include keeping the members' bill books up to date,
distributing materials on the floor to the members, running errands, answering
the phone, assisting visitors and delivering messages to the members. Pages do
not work in delegates' or senators' offices. This work is done by staff members
and college interns.
Each page is paid a stipend of $55 per day worked to cover
expenses. Lodging and meals must be paid by the page. Lodging is arranged by
the Page Office for all pages outside Anne Arundel County who request housing.
If an Anne Arundel County page would like to stay in page housing, it is
arranged on a space available basis. Pages stay in homes within walking or a
short driving distance of the State House. The cost is $25 per night. If a page
is going to lodge with family or friends in the Annapolis area, written
permission of a parent or guardian must be submitted to the Page Office.
Transportation is the responsibility of the page.
If you have questions about the selection procedures for
your county, contact your county page coordinator. If you need to find out the
name of your county page coordinator, or if you have questions about the program
in Annapolis, contact:
Jane Armstrong Hudiburg
Human Resources Office
311 Legislative Services Building
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Washington Area: 301-970-5128
Toll Free: 1-800-492-7122