By Oliver Lazenby
Blaine eighth grade student Annika Soderberg spent a week working as a page in Olympia for the Washington State House of Representatives at the end of February.
The House page program gives kids between the ages of 14–17 the opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Soderberg learned about the different branches of government and saw first-hand the day-to-day work that lawmakers do, she said.
“Spending time on the house floor was my favorite part,” Soderberg said. “I felt really important being down there because the only people down there were representatives and pages.”
Page duties range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to vital jobs including distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Pages also spend several hours in the classroom every day learning about the legislative process.
“She had a great experience down there and I think it was really important for her to think about those kinds of things and to see how that process works,” said Soderberg’s mom Sandy.