Tenino High School student spends week in Olympia learning about Legislature

Paityn Solem, a student from Tenino High School, traveled to Olympia Jan. 19-23 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her 15th district Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger.

“The page program is an excellent way for students from around the state to travel to Olympia to learn how our state government operates,” Chandler said. “I am grateful for her service here this week, and I hope she made lasting friendships with the other pages.”

Paityn, daughter of Alan and Julie Solem, is a student at Tenino High School. During her time as a page, Paityn attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. Her time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of her mock bill about addressing childhood obesity, making P.E. mandatory for all grades.

As part of her page duties, Paityn 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.


Washington State House Republican Communications