Rochester Middle School student spends week in Olympia learning about Legislature

Jakob Wolfe, a student from Rochester Middle School, traveled to Olympia March 16-20 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 20th district Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.

“Civic education is an important part of our schools' curricula. And the page program is an excellent way for students from around the state to come to Olympia and learn about our state government,” said Orcutt. “I hope Jakob had a great time here this week, and I am grateful for his service.”

Jakob, son of Paul and Becky Wolfe, is an eighth grader at Rochester Middle School. He plays on his school's football, wrestling and track teams, and also enjoys playing the guitar. During his time as a page, Jakob 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 which would permanently ban smoking in vehicles.

As part of his page duties, Jakob 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 House 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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