Rep. Carolyn Eslick sponsors Granite Falls High School student as House page

Granite Falls high school student, Rachel Simmons, traveled to Olympia last week to page for the Washington State House of Representatives. Rachel was sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Eslick, R-Sultan.

Rachel observed the Legislature in action and was responsible for delivering messages and documents to state lawmakers in their offices, committee meetings, and the House chamber. Rachel says she enjoyed her time at the Legislature and would recommend this experience to her fellow classmates.

“What I love about this experience is that everyone here is really nice,” said Rachel. “I liked meeting the legislators and staff and seeing behind the scenes of state government.”

Rachel, 16, is a figure skater. When not skating, she plays the flute in her school band. After high school, Rachel hopes to get a business degree. During her week in Olympia, Rachel attended the Legislative Page School participating in mock committee meetings and learning about the inner-workings of state government.

“It’s good for students to come to Olympia and learn about state government,” said Eslick. “The more involved students are now, the more likely they will remain politically engaged adults. Rachel was a big help to our office. I’d like to thank her for coming to Olympia to work as a page.”

House pages earn $35 per day while serving at the Legislature. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 to 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school.


Washington State House Republican Communications