"It's definitely more intense," Boldt said, comparing the second week to his first. "I like this week a lot better. The first week, we had a lot of down time. We're here now and we're doing what we signed up to do."

Spending time in the legislative session could prepare Boldt, his school's student body president, for a possible career.

The self-described liberal foresees working in law, policy making or politics.

"I enjoy what I've seen and I enjoy learning about it, so I figure I might as well," Boldt said of potentially entering politics.


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Boldt plans to major in political science and history when he goes to college in the fall.

He is still waiting to hear from his top choice colleges, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and George Washington University.

Jo-Ellen O'Dell, Boldt's Advance Placement English teacher last year, said she was not surprised to learn of her former student's participation in the page program.

She said a career in politics fits his personality.

"He's very mature and when you talk with Reiter, you really get a sense of his connection with larger issues in the world," said O'Dell, in her eighth year at the school. "I think he thinks about his life as something he can use to make the world a better place."

Boldt isn't afraid to hide his beliefs. The back of his car is adorned with bumper stickers supporting the Democratic Party and eating vegan.

Boldt grew up in a vegetarian household and 14 months ago made the transition to a vegan diet.

"I just feel that we have the earth and we might as well treat it nice and preserve what we have for future generations," Boldt said.

In addition to serving as co-president of the National Honor Society, Boldt is a member of Catonsville High's Envirothon team, which competes in a county-wide jeopardy-style competition.

Boldt, who will vote for the first time in November, added that he's eager to display the Obama 2012 sticker he has ordered.

"It's fun to make a statement sometimes," he said. "And why not? You can tell which car's yours a lot easier."