Rep. Jim Walsh sponsors W.F. West High School student as House page

William F. West High School student Alex Dodson traveled to Olympia last week to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 19th District Rep. Jim Walsh.

“I want to thank Alex for his service as a page last week,” said Walsh. “The House Page Program offers an education for young people like no other. Instead of a textbook about state government, these kids learn by serving. Alex was a delight to work with. He has a bright future ahead of him. Who knows, maybe someday he will run for office.”

Alex is the son of Chris and Kari Dodson. When he is not in school, he enjoys playing golf. He also works part-time providing lawn care. As part of his page duties for the week, he learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus by delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff. He also attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature.

“This was an amazing experience,” said Alex. “I liked watching the floor action the best. It’s fun getting to know the representatives. And, I got to learn about something many adults don’t know – how a bill becomes a law.”

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 to 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school.

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