Rep. Andrew Barkis sponsors Olympia teen to serve as page in state House

Dylan Thresher, a student from Timberline High School, had the opportunity to spend time on the Capitol campus recently to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis.

As a page, Dylan learned to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisted on the House floor. He also had the opportunity to present the state flag during opening ceremonies. A few hours a day, Dylan attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, Dylan had the opportunity to co-write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

“It was an absolute privilege to sponsor Dylan,” said Barkis. “The page program is so important as it teaches students how our state government operates. Civic education is an important aspect of our state's curriculum. I truly hope he enjoyed the experience.”

Dylan is the son of Melissa Thresher. He is a life scout with Boy Scout Troop 222. He is a new member of the Olympia Highlanders Pipes and Dreams Band, and also plays the viola in the Timberline Symphonic Orchestra.

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, click here.


Washington State House Republican Communications