Congressman Clyburn Announces Bamberg Student Selected as a Congressional Page

Jan 18, 2008

(Washington, DC)  -- House Majority Whip and Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn today announced that 17-year-old Courtney Owens will serve as a Congressional page for the spring semester.  The Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School junior was selected through a competitive process by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Congressman Clyburn nominated Courtney for the honor.

“I am pleased Speaker Pelosi supported Courtney’s nomination,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for her to see first hand how our nation’s government works, and I know she will do an outstanding job as a page representing her hometown of Bamberg and the state of South Carolina.” 

Courtney excels in her academic pursuits and still finds time to be a varsity cheerleader, a member of the Bamberg County Relay for Life, Vice President of the Junior Red Cross and Editor of the school newspaper.  She is the daughter of Samella Bamberg and Sammie Owens of Bamberg. 

In her application, Courtney said “I would like to pursue a career in medicine.  This will allow me to give back to the community and be able to help those in need.”

To participate in the page program, a student must be at least 16 years old and have an excellent academic record.  The pages live, work and attend school in Washington for a semester.  Their primary duties include serving as couriers, calling Members to vote, and raising the flags above the Capitol. 

The spring semester for Congressional pages this year begins on January 27th and concludes on June 6th. 

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