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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins welcomed Forrest Bazek Perkins of Marshfield to the U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Senator Collins nominated Forrest for the Senate Page Program’s spring session following a competitive selection process. He is the son of Michael and Beverly Perkins of Marshfield.
“I was proud to nominate Forrest to the Senate Page Program, and I know he will do an exceptional job in this important role,” said Senator Collins. “Forrest is a highly motivated student with an impressive record of academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. This opportunity will provide him with a unique opportunity to witness the legislative process firsthand.”
Forrest competes in cross country, wrestling, track and field, and his school’s math and debate teams. He also does salmon conservation work through Washington Academy’s Fly-Fishing Club and volunteers at the Machias food bank. He intends to study law at either the United States Military Academy at West Point or George Washington University after high school and enlist in the Army following graduation. Forrest says his greatest achievement was his creation of an interactive website that helps spread awareness of food insecurity in Washington County and provides access to resources for those in need. Senator Collins previously met with Forrest and other members of the Maine 4-H Citizen Washington County group to discuss this project.
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