Benton City teen experiences Legislature through page program

Kiona-Benton City Middle School student Sarah Vermeire enjoyed an inside look at the state Legislature while serving as a House page during the final week of the 2011 session. She was sponsored by 8th District Rep. Brad Klippert.

“The page program is designed to give young people between the ages of 14 and 16 the opportunity to get a close-up look at the process of how bills become laws in our state,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “It was a pleasure to sponsor Sarah, and she did an excellent job for us.”

Each year, about 300 students participate in the page program. During their week in Olympia, pages assist legislators by delivering messages and documents to lawmakers in their offices, committee rooms, and in the House and Senate chambers during floor sessions. In addition to the assigned duties, Sarah also continued her regular schoolwork two hours a day and spent time in the legislative page school learning about state government.

The 14-year-old eighth-grader is the daughter of Damon and Sonya Vermeire of Benton City.

To become a page, a student must have a grade-point average of C+ or better and obtain permission from their parents and school. Applicants must also have a legislative sponsor.

Additional information about the House page program can be found at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

                                                                                   

 

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074

 

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Representative Klippert and Page: Sarah Vermeire

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