Auburn teen serves as page in state House of Representatives

Ethan Larsen, a student from Penn Foster High School, recently had the opportunity to spend time on the Capitol campus to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. 31st District Rep. Eric Robertson sponsored him.

“It was a great pleasure sponsoring Ethan. He’s a great young man. I hope he enjoyed his week at the Capitol making new friends, learning the ropes of his state government, and being a great addition to the House of Representatives,” said Robertson, R-Sumner. “The page program is so important because it teaches students how our state government operates. Hands-on civic education is a crucial aspect of our state’s curriculum.”

Ethan is the son of James and Karen Larsen of Auburn. His interests and hobbies include snowboarding, gaming, and hiking.

As a page, Ethan learned to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisted on the House floor. A few hours a day, Ethan attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week’s end, he had the opportunity to co-write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

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 $50 a day and can earn up to 20 hours of community service 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, click here.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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