Colfax student serves as legislative page in Olympia

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Colfax student serves as legislative page in Olympia

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Colfax High School student Christopher Koenig served as a legislative page in the Washington House of Representatives during the first week of session. He was sponsored by his neighbor, 9th District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax. Koenig, 16, is the son of Heidi and Mike Koenig of Colfax.

“Christopher is such a bright and responsible student and it was a pleasure sponsoring his stay in Olympia,” said Schmick. “The page program is a wonderful opportunity to become engaged with state government and I hope Christopher enjoyed his time here and learned a lot.”

Christopher's duties in the Legislature included delivering messages and documents to lawmakers in their offices and in committee hearings, and assisting in the House chamber during floor sessions. He attended page school every day during his week-long visit to better understand the operations of state government.

Toward the end of the week, Christopher also had the opportunity to take part in a mock floor debate where he and fellow pages discussed a hypothetical bill addressing the death penalty. During this they learn, firsthand, how a bill becomes a law and the proper decorum of floor sessions.

Each year, students from across the state participate in the legislative page program. In one week, students observe the inner workings of the Legislature and are responsible for delivering documents to legislators and staff throughout Capitol campus. Page school, which is taught by a certified instructor, is a required daily class that teaches students about Washington's Legislature and legislative processes. Pages are paid $35 a day for their service.

To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor and be between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, pages are required to obtain written permission from their parents and school.

For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

House Page Christopher Koenig and Rep. Joe Schmick                                        CAPTION: House Page Christopher Koenig and Rep. Joe Schmick. CREDIT: Washington State Legislature House Page Christopher Koenig (left) carries the American flag to the rostrum of the House floorCAPTION: House Page Christopher Koenig (left) carries the American flag to the rostrum of the House floor. CREDIT: Washington State Legislature.

For more information about the House page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

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