FENTON (WBNG) — A teen at Chenango Valley High School is heading to Washington DC to work in the U.S. Senate.
Katerina Retzlaff was chosen as one of only 30 high school students in the entire country to work as a page for the the U.S. Senate.
The 16-year-old said that she didn’t think she would get accepted, but she did, and for the next four months the Chenango Valley junior will help with day-to-day operations of the Senate.
“We put our faith in them to be running our country and I’m excited to see them and meet them,” said Retzlaff.
While she’ll be serving all senators, she’ll be working closely with New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
“Select senior senators each get to sponsor a page and Schumer just worked out for me because I’m from New York, he’s from New York, and I had to apply through his office and each senator chooses a kid to sponsor,” Retzlaff added.
With the current political climate and partial government shutdown, Retzlaff said she’s ready for anything.
Retzlaff leaves for Washington on Sunday. She’ll continue her studies at a special school for pages while working in Washington for the next four months.