Mountain Ridge High School Student Selected as 2020 Student Page
Abigail Duncan Representing Allegany County during Legislative Session
Mountain Ridge High School senior, Abigail Duncan, was selected to represent Allegany County as a Student Page during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session held at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Alexlander Currence, senior at Fort Hill 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.
Abigail is the senior class vice president at Mountain Ridge, where she participates in a number of clubs and organizations, including the Mock Trial team, Model United Nations, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team.
“Throughout my school career, I have always loved my social studies classes,” said Duncan. “But recently politics, the law, and serving my community have peaked my interests as a result of certain classes which I have taken and activities which I have participated in.” She went on to say, “ The Student Page program will allow me to use my leadership skills to serve in the Maryland General Assembly and represent my county in Annapolis.”
Alternate student page, Alexander Currence, has participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference on National Security in 2018 and was a member of an Leadership Allegany! Rising class. “Both of these experiences gave me a chance to meet new people in very important positions of power, and I was able to gain behind the scenes access to get a closer look into how things are done in the most crucial areas of government,” said Currence. He continued, “My desire and willingness to serve in public office is why I wanted to be a Page in this program.”
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.