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Cheney teen serves as legislative page in Olympia


House Page Leah Swannack and Washington State Legislature Rep. Joe Schmick.

Leah Swannack, a student at Cheney High School, served as a legislative page for the Washington House of Representatives, Feb. 3-7. Her 9th District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, sponsored her.

She is the daughter of Jill and Art Swannack, of Lamont.

"Leah was a major help to us in the Legislature last week," Schmick said. "She is a bright individual and I hope that she continues to stay engaged in state government as she continues her education."

During her service, Leah Swannack had the opportunity to observe the Legislature firsthand and was responsible for delivering documents and messages to legislators in their offices, during committee hearings, and in the House chamber during floor sessions. She also attended page school, which is taught by a certified instructor with a background in civics or social studies. There, pages learn about different legislative actions and procedures.

To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor and be between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, students are required to obtain written permission from their parents and school. Pages are paid $35 a day for their service.

Unfortunately, the available page positions for the current session are now full. Interested students should apply in the fall to be considered for the 2015 legislative session.


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