Moses Lake home-school student pages in the state House of Representatives
Moses Lake home-school student Joshua Cooper traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives the week of Jan. 23-27. He was sponsored by his 13th District Rep. Matt Manweller.
“Civic education is an important part of our state's curriculum. Our House Page Program is an excellent way for students from around the state to learn how our state government operates,” said Manweller, R-Ellensburg. “I hope Joshua had a great time during his week in Olympia and that he made lasting friendships with the other pages. I am grateful for his service during the session.”
Joshua, son of Casey and Christina Cooper, is involved in the high school cross country and track teams, as well as high school theater. He is also a recipient of the Royal Rangers Gold Medal of Achievement.
During his time as a page, Joshua attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. He learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.
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 legislative page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.
PHOTO CAPTION: House Page Joshua Cooper with Rep. Matt Manweller.
###Washington State House Republican Communications