WASHINGTON, D.C. - Robstown native Amanda Tavares recently completed the Congressional Page Program in the nation's capitol.

U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, congratulated Amanda for successfully completing the program, saying she is "a shining example of the potential and leadership skills" of those selected for the program.

"I am proud of Amanda's hard work and accomplishments, despite being so far from her home and her family," Ortiz said. "I wish her the best of luck when she returns to school, and know she will use her experiences here to go on and do great things."

Ortiz said Amanda, a junior at Tuloso-Midway High School, took full advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn firsthand about Congress and the legislative process. The page program began in early September and concluded in late January.

Ortiz said Amanda excelled in the challenging environment of Capitol Hill, met new and interesting people and attended the prestigious House Page School with some of the country's brightest youths.

Prior to her time in Washington, D.C., Amanda was involved in numerous activities at her school and church. The Tuloso-Midway teen has served as a mentor, tutor and missionary to an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico.

Additionally, she has done home improvement work with the Nehemiah project of World Changers in Norfolk, Va.