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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins welcomed Wade Francis Wahlig of Falmouth to Washington, D.C. Senator Collins nominated Wade for the U.S. Senate Page Program’s fall session following a competitive selection process. He is the son of Jennifer and John Wahlig of Falmouth.
“Wade is a highly motivated student with an impressive record of academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities,” said Senator Collins. “I was proud to nominate him to the U.S. Senate Page Program, where he will do a great job representing the State of Maine. Wade has a bright future ahead, and I am pleased that he will have this unique opportunity to witness the legislative process firsthand.”
Wade is the Executive Board President of Falmouth High School Class of 2021; the President and Founder of the Aeronautics Club; a Freshman Student Ambassador; and a member of the Tech Team, Robotics Team, String Ensemble, and Math Team. In addition, he is a Falmouth High School Science Olympiad, a member of the Maine Multi-Rotor Club, and a Ray and Robbins Hobby Club sales associate. Wade has also been a member of the Cross Country Team, the Track Team, and Sail Maine. He is a SCUBA NAUI certified open water diver.
Wade has spent time volunteering at Honor Flight Maine, which organizes and funds trips for war veterans to visit the war memorials in D.C. Wade has been awarded the Maine State Science Fair Hurricane Island Advanced Marine Biology Scholarship and the Vern Saunders Student Leadership Award, and he has also won the Google Science Fair Competition in Maine. In the future, Wade plans to pursue a degree in mechanical, electrical, or aeronautical engineering. He then hopes to develop defense solutions for the United States government.
Senate pages must be high school juniors, at least sixteen years old, and attend school. Senate page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Capitol complex. Other duties include preparing the chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. Pages attend classes in the early morning at the United States Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
With 30 pages per session, only the most senior members of the Senate can sponsor pages. Maine students who are interested in applying for future sessions of the Senate Page Program can do so through Senator Collins’ website at: https://www.collins.senate.gov/services/students