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St. Joe High School student appointed to page program for Sen. Rockefeller

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dylan Holland, a junior at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, has been appointed to the page program for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

He will join 29 other boys and girls nationwide, who will participate Sept. 8 through Jan. 24, 2014.

Pages move to Washington, D.C., where they attend school each morning, then perform duties that range from preparing Senate Chambers for daily sessions to delivering correspondence and legislative materials within the complex and taking messages to senators.

Holland, 16, said he first learned of the program about eight years ago while visiting D.C. with his parents. He contacted Congressman Nick Rahall's office two years ago, but the House of Representative page program had been canceled.

So he got in touch Rockefeller's office, submitted his transcripts and went through a lengthy application process. He learned of his acceptance in July.

Holland said politics has been an interest of his from an early age, saying he loves the system and how it works. Now he'll get to see it a much different light than most of the public ever does.

"I think this is the best way to experience it," he said. "No better way to learn about politics than being there."

His schedule will include core education classes from 6:30 a.m. to about 9:45 a.m., then the late morning and afternoon working in the Senate. He and the other students will live in Webster Hall, where chaperones also will stay.

One weekend a month, the group will take field trips, including attendance to the Army-Navy game in December.

Despite his deep interest in politics, Holland said he doesn't think he'll pursue a career in that field. He said he'd like to study math and chemistry, then possibly attend medical school.

However, he said the experience could open doors for him in the future, regardless of what he decides to do.

Holland lives in Lavalette with his parents, Pam and J.T., and sister, Lauren.

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