Two local high school students have been chosen to represent Talbot County in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program this year. Minahil Cheema will serve as Page and Lydia Shreves will be the alternate.
Minahil Cheema is a Senior at Easton High School. She is President of the Interact Club and the LEO Club and Vice President of the Health Community Service Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Yearbook Staff and the Latin Honor Society. She has also been a member of the Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball team as well as the Varsity Unified Bocce and Tennis Teams and participates in Tae Kwan Do. She currently serves as an Intern for Global Vision 2020, a non-profit which provides basic eye care screening and prescription eyeglasses to people in low resource and/or remote areas of the world.
Minahil has received numerous awards including a Rotary Citation with Presidential Distinction, a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and recognition for Leadership Initiative in Interact Club. She also received the Minds in Motion Scholar Athlete Award and awards for Excellence in several classes, including Advanced Placement Biology and Chemistry. “I am both grateful and blessed to have such a rewarding opportunity at an early age,” Minahil said. “I’m looking forward to this experience and exposure to working with those who contribute to our local governance,” she added. “This will fuel my inspiration for my personal future goal of running for the MD Senate when I’m eligible, as well as my current focus on philanthropy within my community.”
Lydia Shreves is the 2018-2019 St. Michaels Middle High student representative to the Board of Education A senior, she has held numerous other leadership positions, including Yearbook Editor, Student Government Association President, class president and class treasurer, and President of the National Honor Society. She volunteers for Character Counts, Games on Wheels and the Six Pillar Century Ride. She has been recognized with the American Legion School Award and Minds in Motion and was the Laws of Life Essay contest winner. Lydia has also been active in athletics, serving as team captain for the Basketball team and earning Offensive MVP, Rookie of the Year and “Saints” awards. She played Tennis in the #1 singles spot as well as playing on the Varsity Field Hockey team. Lydia plans to attend a 4 year college or university to study Political Science.
Maryland high school seniors have served as student pages for members of the state legislature since 1970. Each year 105 pages and 36 alternates from across Maryland are selected by their local school systems to represent their schools and Counties. Each selected page serves two nonconsecutive weeks in either the Senate or House of Delegates. During the thirteen weeks of session, which run from the second week in January to early April, each page serves one week during the first eight weeks and returns for a second week during the last five. The duties of pages are driven by the schedule of the chamber to which they are assigned.
Requirements include being a high school senior, residing and attending a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland, having an interest in government and history, a record of good conduct, scholastic achievement and being outgoing, courteous, reliable and efficient. Interested students should apply through their schools in September and selection is completed by October 1st of each year.