Northeast student to work for Congress

A Northeast High School junior will head to Washington, D.C., this fall to serve as a page in Congress and attend a special school in the Library of Congress.

Brandon Hill will carry messages for members of Congress, answer phones and work on the House of Representatives floor when Congress is in session. Hill will live in a residence hall near the Capitol.

In addition to working in Congress, Brandon, 15, said he’s looking forward to living in Washington, D.C.

“I have always wanted to live in a really big city full time,” he said. “I look forward to doing that, seeing how I will cope.”Brandon said he will move to Washington at the end of August to be there for the fall congressional session.

The page program is nearly 200 years old, according to the program’s Web site, and there are only 72 pages working in the House at a time, according to Doug Moore, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall.

Members nominate pages on a rotating basis and this was Marshall’s first chance, Moore said.

Pages are typically high school juniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, according to the Web site. Brandon is “at the top of his junior class” with a strong “work ethic and level of maturity,” Northeast assistant principal Julia Daniely said in a news release sent by Marshall’s office.

He is the son of Marvin and Geraldine Hill