Rep. Andrew Barkis sponsors Olympia teen as page in state House of Representatives

Sixteen-year-old Nellmarie Rothwell, a student from Capital High School, recently spent a week in Olympia serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis.

“It was an honor to sponsor Nellmarie,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “Her family are close friends of mine and I'm glad I had the opportunity to sponsor her as a page. She is such a smart and driven young lady with an amazing future ahead of her. I hope she enjoyed her time at the Legislature and spending some time with me on campus as much as I enjoyed spending the time with her.”

Nellmarie's page duties included learning to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisting on the House floor. A few hours a day, she attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, she had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of her fellow pages.

“The page program is so important,” continued Barkis. “Civic education is a valuable aspect of our state's curriculum. The page program is a great way to give our students hands-on experience to truly understand how their state government works.”

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spent a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 a 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, click here.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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