Issaquah teens can apply to serve as Senate pages in Olympia

December 8, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 8, 2010

Teenagers can apply to serve as pages for state senators at the Capitol in Olympia.

State Sens. Cheryl Pflug and Steve Litzow reminded students ages 14 to 16 in Issaquah and other 5th and 41st legislative district communities to apply for the upcoming legislative session from mid-January through late April. Pflug urged interested students to apply for the page program as soon as possible, because the number of pages is limited.

“Senate pages get a week-long, hands-on crash course in how government works,” Pflug said. “In addition to lots of new friends, they get a one-of-a-kind civics lesson that is not only a great education — it can be a life-changing experience. Many of the people who now work in state government got their first taste of the Legislature as a page.”

Senators sponsor students serving as Senate pages.

“In addition to meeting new friends from across the state, the students get a unique lesson in civics and the importance of citizen involvement in government,” Litzow said.

The teenagers spent a week in Olympia as paid employees. Pages deliver messages, hand out documents on the Senate floor and run other errands. Participants also attend Page School during the workday to learn about civics and government.

“The highlight of the week is when they write and present their own bills and role-play as legislators in a mock committee hearing,” Pflug said. “Plus, they have a blast getting to know other students from around the state.”

Teenagers can also apply to serve as pages for the state House of Representatives.

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