Shelton High School student serves as page in state House

Taylor Simmons, a student from Shelton High School in Mason County, traveled to Olympia Feb. 23-27 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 35th District Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn.

“Civic education is an important aspect of our state's curriculum, which is why the House Page Program is so important. It gives kids from across the state the opportunity to learn how our state government operates,” said Griffey. “I hope Taylor had great time here this week, and I thank him for his service.”

Taylor, son of Blake and Debbie Simmons, is a sophomore at Shelton High School. He is on his school's junior varsity baseball team, and is also an honor student. When he is not in school, he is active in the youth ministry at his church, and also does street ministry in Seattle.

During his time as a page, Taylor attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. He also learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus, and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.

His time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of his mock bill, which would require wooden bats to be used at the high school level for the safety of the players.

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the House 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, click here.



Washington State House Republican Communications