Page for a Day at the Capital

Bismarck - Ever wonder what actually goes on at the legislature?
A North Dakota program allows high schoolers to get a sneak peak.

Here's Emily Medalen with more.

Yes, it's called the Page for a Day program and it's meant to try and get more students interested in a possible career in politics.

We often talk about the work of senators and representatives, but today's page told me that it takes a lot of hard work from others in the background working alongside them.
Here's what Ashley Johnson learned while being a Page for a Day.

"I was really surprised at the amount of people it takes to run this," said Ashley Johnson, Mandan High School.

Ashley Johnson is a senior at Mandan High School, and was inspired by one of her teachers to learn more about the legislature.

"His name's Mr. Miller. He just kind of explained everything so well and just made me feel like "Wow, I want to learn more about this, and I want to see it close up," said Johnson.

So she did.
Ashley spent the afternoon on the senate floor with the page to see what they do on a daily basis.
From delivering papers to senators at the capital, to filing bills... she said it was an eye opening experience.

"There's a lot of stuff that goes on that you wouldn't expect. It takes so many little people in the background to get it moving," said Johnson.

The Chief Page at the capital says it's important for young people to get in the know with their government.

"I really love seeing the students come in and seeing them educated so that they know what the process is like," said Linda Lang, Chief Page.

"It's definitely one thing to learn about it in a classroom, and like, have flow charts to see how everything works - then to actually hand deliver the papers to the guys that are going to be in charge of this, that's totally different. It's just super cool to see, and I'm actually really excited to be here," said Johnson.

She says being a senate page for the day proved that there's no such thing as a "small" job in the legislature.

"Nobody is under appreciated at all which is really great too. And with how nice the people were, and the senators, everyone was just really open and friendly and it was really surprising," said Johnson.

To find out how you can be a page for a day at the capital, visit http://www.legis.nd.gov/.



 


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