Yelm middle schooler serves as page in state House

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Yelm middle schooler serves as page in state House

Rachel Hall of Yelm traveled to Olympia the week of Feb. 7 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her 2nd district Rep. J.T. Wilcox.

“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, R-Yelm. “Rachel did a great job here, and I am grateful for her service.”

The daughter of proud parents Justin and Betsy, Rachel enjoys playing soccer. The sound of her French horn can be heard throughout their home when she practices. She also enjoys hiking and skiing.

During her time as a page, Rachel attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. As part of her page duties, she learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. Rachel's time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of a bill in a mock committee to construct more unisex bathrooms as a solution to bathroom access issues being debated in Olympia.

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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