Rep. Wilcox sponsors Olympia student as page in House of Representatives

Ian Forth, a student from Washington Virtual Academy, traveled to Olympia March 16- 20 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 2nd district Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm.

“It is always a pleasure to sponsor local students as pages. The program is an excellent way for students to come to the Legislature to learn how our state government operates,” said Wilcox. “Ian did a great job here, and I am grateful for his service.”

Ian, son of Brian and Julie Forth, is an eighth grader at Washington Virtual Academy. He plays soccer for the TC United Select soccer team, is a certified soccer referee and writes a blog about soccer as well. He also plays piano and enjoys Minecraft. During his time as a page, Ian attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. His time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of his mock bill which would permanently ban smoking in vehicles.

As part of his page duties, Ian 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 House page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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