Kennewick teen spends week in Olympia learning about the Legislature

Aiden Thien, a student from South Ridge High School in Kennewick, traveled to Olympia and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 8th District Rep. Brad Klippert.

“It was a privilege to host Aiden as a House page. He gained hands-on experience about how our state legislature works,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “He's a great kid and I enjoyed spending the week with him. I hope he takes the new experiences, skills, and friendships gain during his week on campus and applies them to his future goals.”

Aiden'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, he attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, he had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

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, click here.


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