Meridian High School student serves as page in the state House of Representatives
Claire Skaggs, a student at Meridian High School, served as a legislative page for the state House of Representatives the week of Jan. 21 – Jan. 25. She was sponsored by her 42nd District Rep. Luanne Van Werven.
Every year students from around the state apply to participate in the Legislative Page Program. Students spend a week attending page school, where they learn the inner workings of state government, and assist legislators on the House floor. Students also draft legislation and present their bills in a mock committee hearing to fellow pages.
“It is exciting to see students like Claire in Olympia getting a firsthand look at how the Legislature operates,” said Van Werven, R-Lynden. ““It is important students get involved and understand how government works so they might be inspired to participate in the process and issues.”
Claire is the daughter of Pat and Becky Skaggs. She plays soccer, runs track and field and is involved in mock trial.
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.
###Washington State House Republican Communications