North Mason High School student serves as page in state House

Claire Martin, a student from North Mason High School in Belfair, traveled to Olympia March 16-20 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her 35th District Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn.

“I want to thank Claire for her service here at the Capitol this week,” said Griffey. “I'm glad I had the opportunity to sponsor her, and hope she had a great time making new friends and learning about the inner workings of the Legislature.”

Claire, daughter of Wes and Pauline Martin, is a sophomore at North Mason High School, where she is involved in many of the activities offered by the school. Her interests include track, volleyball, performing arts, band and leadership, amongst others. She volunteers at clothing drives and various community events, and has been a regular panel speaker to prospective foster parents. Claire is a proud member of Job's Daughters Bethel 43 in Belfair. Being interested in our political system, she was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the page program.

During her time as a page, Claire attended page school every day to understand how the Legislature operates. She also learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus, and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. Her time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of her mock bill, which would lower the drinking age to 18. “There are far too many deaths related to alcohol poisoning among our youth,” said Martin. “We plan to see a decline trend in those numbers eventually, which will all but eliminate the problem.”

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.

 

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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