NHS Student Returns from Nationwide Senate Page Program

NHS Student Returns from Nationwide Senate Page Program photo
Northport High School student Emma Canfora recently spent an entire semester in Washington, D.C., as a participant of the Senate Page Program under New York State Sen. Charles Schumer. Only approximately 30 students nationwide are chosen each semester to participate in this program, where students are given the opportunity to learn the inner workings of the nation’s capital and explore the legislative branch of government. Emma was the only student chosen from New York for the 2018 spring session, which ran from January to June.

When Emma happened upon the program, she was determined to be selected. “I feel it’s our duty to be informed and involved in as many aspects of our government as possible,” she said, “so when I was the only student selected from New York, I was determined to take every opportunity and learn as much as possible.”

Throughout the program, Emma had to keep up with her junior-year course load remotely, build new relationships with the other participants and perform the duties of a Senate page, which consisted primarily of delivering correspondence between senators and distributing legislative material throughout the congressional complex.

“Being a sort of fly on the wall in the Senate was an invaluable experience, and I learned a lot – especially about how to grow in tolerance for those who don’t necessarily hold the same political opinion as I do,” she said. “And it helped me further hone in on the direction I’d like to go in after high school – to pursue politics and really make a difference.”