Tenino High School student spends week in Olympia learning about Legislature

Dylan Stakelin, a student from Tenino High School, traveled to Olympia Feb. 9-13 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 20th district Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.

“Dylan did a great job and had an excellent attitude,” said Orcutt. “I thank him for paging in the Legislature for the week, and I wish him all the best.”

Dylan, son of Will and Claudine Stakelin, is a sophomore at Tenino High School, where he plays basketball and baseball. He plans on playing baseball in college and hopes one day to make it to Major League Baseball.

During his time as a page, Dylan attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. His time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of his mock bill about the school safety and allowing teachers to carry a weapon to defend themselves.

As part of his page duties, Dylan 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.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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