Rep. Jesse Young sponsors Gig Harbor teen as page in House of Representatives
Eliana Park, a homeschooled student from Gig Harbor, recently traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by 26th District Rep. Jesse Young.
“Civic education is so important for our youth to learn. This opportunity gave Eliana the chance to experience state government hands-on. It was great having her in the Legislature as a page,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “She is a smart, passionate and driven young lady. I hope she enjoyed her time at the Capitol and took away as much as she gave.”
Eliana's page duties included learning to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisting on the House floor. A few hours a day, she attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, she had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of her fellow pages.
Each year, students from around the state 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 a 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, click here.
###Washington State House Republican Communications