Rep. Ed Orcutt sponsors Rochester Middle School student as House page

Camryn York, a student at Rochester Middle School, traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives the second week of the 2017 legislative session. She was sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.

Camryn is in her final year of middle school. While working as a page she learned how to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol Campus, delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff.

“I really like working here,” said Camryn. “It's neat going around to the different places on the Capitol Campus. This week I was assigned to help at the members cafeteria, it was really fun getting to talk to the representatives.”

Camryn is the 14-year-old daughter of Amber Hardtke. She is a member of the Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) program which helps prepare young students for success in college. While working as a page, she observed the Legislature in action while keeping up with her school work by attending the page school a few hours each day.

“Going to school and hanging out with the other pages is a lot of fun. There are kids from Shelton and Olympia in our group. It's great making new friends from all over the state. We get to learn about government and go on the House floor,”  said Camryn.

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the House 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 and be between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, pages are required to obtain written permission from their parents and school.


CAPTION: Rep. Ed Orcutt and House Page Camryn York on the House floor, 2017.

For more information on the legislative page program, visit the House Page Program website: http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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