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Letter: Legislative pages serve as well as learn

To the Editor:

All high school juniors are now eligible to apply for the Minnesota House of Representatives 2016 High School Page Program. By taking part in this weeklong opportunity, pages learn the legislative process and also develop leadership skills by observing how committees are conducted and how issues are resolved.

To download an application, visit the following House website www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/app.pdf or, if you have questions, call the Minnesota House’s Sergeant’s Office at 651-296-7452.

Those selected will participate in a wide variety of legislative activities, including individual meetings with state representatives allowing students to discuss the issues that matter most to them; assisting members during a legislative floor session; and giving students the opportunity to meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists and members of the media.

An application must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4 to ensure its arrival on time for the selection process.

The application must include a parent’s or guardian’s signature and approval from a school counselor, civics teacher or principal.

Chosen applicants will be notified by the end of December.

Serving as a high school page is an experience that will last a lifetime, and I encourage any high school junior with an interest in politics to apply.

Steve Drazkowski, Mazeppa

Steve Drazkowski represents House District 21B.

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