Bellevue high schooler serves as page in state House
Heather Johnson, a student from Interlake High School, traveled to Olympia Jan. 12th- 17th and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her 5th District Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah.
“The page program is an excellent way for students from around the state to learn how our state government operates. It allows them time away from the classroom for an actual hands-on experience,” said Magendanz. “Heather did a great job, and I thank her for her service.”
Heather, daughter of Kevin and Lisa Johnson, is a freshman at Interlake High School. When she is not outside playing soccer, she sings with the Seattle Opera Youth Choir. During her time as a page, Heather attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. Her time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of her mock bill about the effects plastic bags have on the environment, and how imposing a small tax on those who use plastic bags would allow recycling centers to keep them out of landfills.
As part of her page duties, Heather learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.
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 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 legislative page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.
###Washington State House Republican Communications