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From Castlemont to the Library of Congress


photo by Ray Chavez/STAFF

When school opens Monday at Castlemont’s Leadership Preparatory High School in East Oakland, Raven Tarrance won’t be there. But she has a pretty good excuse.

Raven, 16, leaves Monday for Washington, D.C., where she plans to spend the next five months as a page for the House of Representatives, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She’ll go to a special school for pages in the Library of Congress — and, most likely, will bump elbows with some of our nation’s biggest movers and shakers.

When I met with Raven at her house yesterday, she said she might drop us a line or two on her experience in the months to come. You can find the Tribune story here.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.