Letter: High school juniors should apply for page programApplications for the Minnesota House of Representatives 2013 High School Page Program have now been mailed to all area public and private schools. All high school juniors are eligible to apply.
By: District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, Worthington Daily Globe
Applications for the Minnesota House of Representatives 2013 High School Page Program have now been mailed to all area public and private schools. All high school juniors are eligible to apply.
By taking part in this week-long program, pages learn the legislative process and assist members in the House Chamber during session, and also develop leadership skills by observing how committees are conducted and how issues are resolved. To download an application, visit the following House website at www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/app.pdf, or if you have questions, call the Minnesota House’s Sergeant’s Office, at (651) 297-5600.
Those selected will participate in a wide variety of legislative activities, including individual meetings with state representatives allowing students to discuss the issues that matter most to them; assisting members during a legislative floor session; and giving students the opportunity to meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.
Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 19 to ensure its arrival on time for the participants’ selection process. Before returning the application, it must include a parent’s or guardian’s signature and approval from a school counselor, civics teacher or principal. Chosen applicants will be notified in mid-November.
Having personally participated in this program, I know firsthand that serving as a high school page provides an experience that will last a lifetime. I encourage any high school junior with an interest in politics to apply.