Matt Weiss, a junior at Jericho High School, is one of 60 students nationwide to be accepted into the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program this spring in Washington, D.C.
Weiss was nominated by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), who had crossed paths with Weiss and his family at local political events. Weiss then sent a resume, teacher recommendations and two essays to the Speaker of the House and the minority leader.
"I like to be a leader," said Weiss, 16, who will work in the nation's Capitol from Jan. 24 to June 4. "If I help in politics, then I can give back to the community and make a difference."
Weiss' duties will include managing phones in the cloakrooms, delivering vote reports to various offices and taking statements from members of Congress after speeches. He will also attend page school at the Library of Congress.
At Jericho High School, Weiss is a member of Model Congress, student council and Spanish Honor Society, and is an upcoming inductee for the National Honor Society.
He also referees in the Jericho Athletic Association and is founder of On the Rebound, a nonprofit that donates used sporting equipment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.