St. Paul, Minnesota – The Minnesota House of Representatives welcomes students from around the state every year to participate in the high school page program. Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL- Elbow Lake) was pleased to welcome local student Sharon Hultz this week to participate and learn more about the legislative process.
Sharon is a junior at West Central Area High School from Elbow Lake, and the daughter of Edelweiss Montera. Her favorite classes are band and choir. You might also recognize her as a cashier at Jim’s Market in Elbow Lake. Hultz enjoyed her experience as a House Page this week, and will carry forward the knowledge she’s gained about the state legislature.
“It’s a whole new look at how our state works,” said Hultz. “Some parts of our legislature are difficult to understand until you see the actual business of how things get done here. It’s been fascinating to watch the process work, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other high school pages from around the state and hearing their thoughts and experiences.”
Rep. McNamar encourages other area students to apply for the page program.
“I think it’s a great way for students to learn more about Minnesota government,” said Rep. McNamar. “When students get here they’re exposed to a variety of different ways of thinking about state government, and that diversity of opinions is a great way to learn. It also exposes students to the many different types of communities there are all over Minnesota, and they all have a voice here.”
More information about the High School Page Program can be found at the Minnesota House website by clicking on “educational programs” or by calling the House Sergeant-at-Arms at 651-296-4860.
Pictured above are Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL - Elbow Lake) and WCA student Sharon Hultz pose for a photo in the Minnesota House Chamber retiring room.