Curtice Gordon, a junior from W.F. West High School, traveled to Olympia recently to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 19th District Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen.
“I learned a lot,” said Curtice. “It’s really eye-opening to see the legislative process and watch proposed laws being debated. After this experience, I would love to learn more about government.”
“It was an honor to sponsor Curtice as a page,” said Walsh. “The legislative page program is a unique state treasure. Students are able to spend time at the state Capitol and be active participants in the process of government. I hope Curtice had a great time and made some friends. More importantly, I hope the experience inspires him to stay involved in local and state government.”
During his time as a page, Curtice attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. His time in Olympia culminated with the presentation of a mock bill to a “committee” made up of his fellow students.
As part of his page duties, Curtice 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 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.