Graham student spends week in Olympia learning about Legislature

John James Joy, Jr., a student at Graham-Kapowsin High School, spent a week serving as a page in the state House of Representatives April 15-19. He was sponsored by his 2nd District Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm.

“John had a unique opportunity to not only learn about his government, but to participate and see the work of the Legislature firsthand,” Wilcox said. “I hope John's experience was a good one and that he will bring back what he learned to his fellow classmates.”

John Jr. is the son of John and Carrie Joy of Graham.   He attended page school every day during his time in Olympia to better understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. At the end of the week, John wrote and promoted a mock bill to address canine safety in vehicles. As part of his page duties, John navigated 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:


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