ST. PAUL – Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, encourages high school juniors to seize a rare opportunity to spend a week working behind the scenes at the Capitol as a legislative page.
Applications to the high school page program are now open for the 2019 session, with a Nov. 28 deadline. High school pages attend meetings with legislators, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary and others. Pages also assist members and staff during House floor sessions, participate in mock committee hearings and more. Twelve week-long slots are available from early February until mid-May and stipends are available to defray expenses.
“This program is perfectly suited for students who like to learn through action and hands-on experiences,” Lueck said. “Serving as a page brings textbook lessons to life and students from our area who have served come away with a whole new understanding for how our government works. They also have a lot of fun and make new friends along the way. High school pages serve a valuable role at the Capitol and House members really appreciate their efforts.”
The House of Representatives page program has been in place for more than 40 years and Minnesota is one of only a select few states in the nation to offer this program, providing young people with such an in-depth look into state government.
Program participants are selected through a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation and an essay.
More information is available by logging on to www.house.mn and clicking the “High School Page Program” link near the bottom of the site, or by calling (651) 296-7452
. Local schools also can provide further assistance.