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ConVal junior heads to Washington for Senate Page program

  • ConVal junior Sarah Hull will head to Washington D.C. in late January to participate in the Senate Page program for the spring semester. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

  • ConVal junior Sarah Hull will head to Washington D.C. in late January to participate in the Senate Page program for the spring semester. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • ConVal junior Sarah Hull will head to Washington D.C. in late January to participate in the Senate Page program for the spring semester. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • ConVal junior Sarah Hull will head to Washington D.C. in late January to participate in the Senate Page program for the spring semester. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/13/2020 8:57:54 PM

Sarah Hull still remembers her first introduction to politics.

It was 2008 and the now ConVal High School junior from Hancock has a picture of her and her identical twin sister Elizabeth at the age of 6 holding signs for then presidential-hopeful Barack Obama.

“My parents have always been really open to performing your civic duty,” Hull said. “Being informed is very important.”

And later this month, Hull will travel to Washington D.C. where she will be a Senate Page through the end of the school year after being sponsored into the program by Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office.

“I am so glad to be able to welcome Sarah to Washington as a Senate Page representing New Hampshire,” Senator Shaheen said. “This achievement is a testament to her strong academic ability, remarkable work ethic and interest in the legislative process. I look forward to seeing her in the Senate chamber in the coming months.”

For Hull, it was an opportunity she knew would make an impact on her life.

“I’m looking forward to being exposed to what you can do as a legislator and the power you have to make people’s lives better,” Hull said. “You can learn a lot from a book, but there’s something about being there, living that experience. Some of the biggest and most influential decisions in the history of the United States have been made there.”

The Senate Page positions are highly sought after and equate to a semester long internship, with only 30 spots in each of the three sessions. The entirety of the program for the spring semester includes 15 high school junior boys and 15 junior girls from around the country that have been appointed and sponsored by a senator. Hull is the only student from New Hampshire taking part in the spring semester session.

“Sometimes I feel girls don’t have the confidence to go into the field of politics,” Hull said.

Hull will live in dorms in the nation’s capital and her days will be busy. She will go to school from 6 to 10 a.m. at the United States Senate Page School and then directly to the Senate floor until 4:30 p.m. Her responsibilities as a page include delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional complex, preparing the chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.

“I wanted to have the experience of going to school there as well as work,” Hull said. “And I think part of it is just working in the Senate and being in D.C.”

Hull has aspirations of being a lawyer one day, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility of running for office when the time comes.

“I haven’t really thought about what position I’d like to run for, but I’d be interested in the Senate or Congress,” Hull said.

Her interest in government really began when she joined Youth & Government at ConVal as a freshman and it grew even more when she went to Washington D.C. this past summer for the Running Start program, which focuses on research, education, and outreach, while introducing college and high school girls to the power of politics through education initiatives.

“It’s really to get more young women into politics,” Hull said.

When she came home, the Senate Page program came onto her radar by pure chance. Her sister was looking for potential internships that Hull could apply for that focused on those interested in politics. She applied in August and found out just before Thanksgiving that she was selected.

“It’s going to be a great experience for her that you can’t get anywhere else,” said ConVal social studies teacher Chris Heider, who wrote a letter of recommendation on Hull’s behalf. “This is a way to go inside the process and really dive into it.”

While the opportunity to be involved in national government is big a reason why Hull applied to be a Senate Page, she also understands the potential doors it can open and opportunities it could present for college and her future.

“I was really excited she was choosing to pursue this. Not that many high school students choose to do something like this,” Heider said. “But she’s very much not your typical high school student.”

And the chance to work in that environment is something that truly means a lot.

“I know the importance of doing your civic duty, but I think being there will give me a new appreciation for government,” Hull said.

ConVal Principal Michelle Voto understands how special this opportunity is for one of her students.

“Each of the students that walk into this building, they all have a unique story and passion that makes each one of them uniquely special,” Voto said. “And this is one of the many stories and it’s huge.”


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