Tonasket teen spends week working in House of Representatives

Sophomore Wyatt O'Brien, a Tonasket High School student, paged in the Washington State House of Representatives Feb. 28 through March 4. O'Brien, the son of Shannon and Jay O'Brien of Tonasket, stayed with a host family in Olympia while he served. He was sponsored by his 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz.

During his week in Olympia, O'Brien attended page school daily to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. The 16-year-old also served an important role in the Legislature delivering documents to legislators and staff on the floor of the House and throughout the capitol campus.

“I really enjoyed having Wyatt here in Olympia with me. One of the best things about the student page program is that I get to show young people from around the district how they can participate in government. I'm glad Wyatt had the opportunity to observe the Legislature in action and learn so much,” said Kretz, R-Wauconda.

Each week, students 14- to 16-years-old from across the state serve in the legislative page program. They must have a legislative member as a sponsor, as well as permission from their school and parents. To learn more about the page program, visit the Web site.


Representative Kretz and Page: Wyatt O'Brien
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Joel Kretz with student page Wyatt O'Brien on the House floor in Olympia.

For more information, contact Bobbi Cussins, Public Information Officer: (360) 786-7252


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