Philbrick participates in United States Senate Page Program this summer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) student Jay Raj Philbrick is spending his summer in the nation’s capital, participating in the United States Senate Page Program.

Philbrick was nominated to the program by U.S. Sen. Susan M. Collins following a competitive selection process.  He is the son of Sadhana Prasad and Leigh Roy Philbrick of North Yarmouth.

“After meeting Jay earlier this year, I was proud to nominate him to the Senate Page Program, and I know he will do an exceptional job in this important role,” said Collins.  “Jay is a highly motivated student with an impressive record of academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. This opportunity will provide him with a unique opportunity to witness the legislative process firsthand.”  

 Collins had previously met Philbrick at the Senate Youth Program reception in March in Washington, D.C.

 Philbrick, who is a rising senior at MSSM, serves as the treasurer of the Student Senate. He is the head tutor at MSSM’s Learning Center and president and founder of their High School Quiz Show team. He has been recognized for his academic talents, as well as for being selected as a Michael P. Fabio grant winner. 

He was also a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT grant, which is awarded to individuals who have created outstanding inventions or patented products that add value to society.  For his project, he and his team created a system to grow and harvest algae on rooftops to be used for feedstock production.  

He hopes to pursue a degree in economics and to one day serve in public office.

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