Olympia student serves on Capitol campus

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Olympia student serves on Capitol campus

Sophomore Prabjot Virk of Olympia served in the House of Representatives Feb. 6-10. Ms. Virk, a student at Pope John Paul II High School, was sponsored by Rep. J.T. Wilcox of Yelm.

Prabjot worked to support the Legislature by delivering important documents and messages to elected officials and staff members. In addition, she attended page school, dedicating at least two hours every day to academic assignments and studies.

Recently, Prabjot took part in a special “mock bill” assignment which required her to take on the role of a state representative and argue for the passage of a specific bill. Along with a classmate, Prabjot sponsored a bill to address sleep deprivation among teens. It would require that public high schools throughout the state begin school days no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

“I was happy to sponsor this delightful young lady,” Wilcox said. “The page program is a great opportunity for students to take part in legislative activities and duties, and to learn about the operations of state government. Students like Prabjot will be among the future leaders of Washington and this exposure to government ensures we maintain an engaged citizenry.”

To become a page, students must obtain permission from their school, their parents, and they must also hold a C+ grade-point average. In addition, applicants will need a legislative sponsor. To apply, visit the Page Program Web site at http://www.leg.wa.gov/PageSchool.


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