Tyler Cushing, a homeschooled student from Auburn, traveled to Olympia on Jan. 12-17 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives.
Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, 31st District, sponsored Cushing.
“Learning the inner workings of the state Legislature is a great tool for students. The page program offers this to students around the state. It is an excellent way for students from around the state to learn about our legislature,” Stokesbary said. “I hope Tyler enjoyed his week in Olympia, and made lasting friendships.”
Cushing attended page school each day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. His time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of his mock bill about keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors.
As part of his page duties, Cushing learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.
Tyler is the son of Christopher and Kimberly Cushing.
Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program.
To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the legislative page program, visit: www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.