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[APRIL 29, 2005]  PEORIA -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, announced today that he is accepting applications from high school students residing in the 18th Congressional District who are interested in serving as a congressional page during the fall 2005-spring 2006 school year.

The program offers a firsthand opportunity for high school juniors to participate in the operations of the U.S. Congress. The program is organized through the House of Representatives. All pages are appointed by the speaker of the House; however, in order to qualify for consideration for an appointment, an applicant must be nominated by their member of Congress. The page program is highly competitive, with only 66 participants being chosen for each session. The fall session will begin Sept. 4 and conclude Jan. 27, 2006. The spring session will last from Jan. 29, 2006, through June 9, 2006.

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time their appointment would begin and have a cumulative grade-point average of a B or better. School year program applicants may serve only during the fall or spring semesters of their junior year of high school and will be required to attend page school while also performing their regular duties as an employee of the House of Representatives.

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Students interested in applying for a page nomination from LaHood should request an application packet from Carol Merna in LaHood's Peoria office. She can be reached by phone at (309) 671-7027 or by e-mail to

Completed application packets must be returned to the congressman's district office in Peoria no later than May 16.

[News release from Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]

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