student Lucy Besch spent some quality time on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the fall semester of her junior year.
Besch, who plans to study economics and political science at the University of Alabama, served as a page for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. She was in the thick of the action during such historic events as the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the December 2018 government shutdown.
When Besch returned to Marquette after a semester studying at the Senate Page School, her teachers helped get her acclimated again.
"They helped me get back into the swing of things, helped me make up some work I had missed and catch up where I had been behind," Besch said. "That meant a lot to me."
Besch said she could always count on the support of teachers and fellow students as she attended Ridge Meadows Elementary
, Selvidge Middle
and Marquette from kindergarten through her senior year.
At Marquette, she was in National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a member of the Mustangs tennis team, on which she played doubles with her sister Josie, a sophomore.
Besch has also met with U.S. Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri on behalf of World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization.
"I'm interested in what government can do to help people in need," Besch said. "My entire Rockwood career, I was surrounded by teachers who were really motivated to help me be the best I could be and other students that also pushed me to be my best. I've had a supportive community around me that was always dedicated to helping me succeed."