Rep. Jesse Young sponsors South Kitsap student as page in House of Representatives

Elijah Wolf from Port Orchard traveled to Olympia January 17th and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 26th district Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor.

“An important aspect of our state's curriculum is civic education. The page program is so important because it teaches students like Elijah how our state government operates,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “I hope he enjoyed the experience and made lasting friendships with the other pages.”

Part of Elijah's page duties included learning to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. He assisted legislators on the House floor and took part in certain House ceremonies.  Elijah also spent part of each day attending page school to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature, usually directly from Representatives. Elijah applied what he had learned during the entire week and at the end wrote a bill on funding for free community college for a mock committee hearing consisting of his fellow pages.

A Cadet Chief Petty Officer with South Kitsap's Navy Junior ROTC, Elijah is the son of Eileen Wolf  and James Eppler. He has been a trumpeter for six years and is now in his third year with the South Kitsap marching band.

Each year, students like Elijah apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program.

To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the House page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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