New Haven, CT—Today, Superintendent Garth Harries will honor Rance Smith, a junior at New Haven Academy, who is headed to Washington D.C. to represent New Haven as a U.S. Senate Page. “Rance is a great example of the kind of leader we develop in the New Haven Public Schools. The district wishes him much success during his journey,” said Superintendent Harries.
For more than 180 years, high school students of at least 16 years of age have served as pages to the United States Congress. Senate pages are appointed and sponsored by Senators for one academic semester of the school year and are selected for their outstanding academic performance.

United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) sponsored Smith to represent Connecticut and New Haven Public Schools. “Rance is a stellar Connecticut student who demonstrates incredible leadership among his peers and in his community," said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. "This list is impressive-he is class president, a peer mediator, and is an active member of New Haven Academy's Model UN, debate team, math team, and intramural basketball team. He has been recognized as a National Society of High School Scholar and is an all-around outstanding member of New Haven Academy's community. The Senate Page Program is a rewarding opportunity for our nation's future leaders to learn firsthand about public policy and develop the skills they'll need to improve our communities through service. I'm confident that Rance will excel in this environment, and I look forward to seeing him in Washington.” 

Smith is a leader at New Haven Academy (NHA) and always seeks opportunities to grow, further develop his leadership capacity and make a positive impact within our community and the world around him. He is the President of the Student Government and is a member of the Citywide High School Student Cabinet. Smith has gained the trust and admiration of his peers and has been called upon by the school administration to address the student body about issues concerning school culture and climate.  In addition, he is one of the top members of NHA's recruitment team engaging students and families in what it means to be part of New Haven Academy.
"When we learned about the opportunity for students to apply for the senate page program, our team instantly thought of Rance.  Rance embodies our mission of civic engagement and social action; he is a leader in the school community, in student government and every day, by example; and he is an outstanding student who has challenged himself each year to excel," said NHA Principal Greg Baldwin.
Smith will begin his journey to D.C. on Friday, January 29, 2016.

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