Mountainside Middle School student gets firsthand experience of state Legislature


Mountainside Middle School student Sophie Allard, 14, paged in the state House of Representatives during the first week of session. She was sponsored by 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz. Allard is the daughter of Shelley and Brian Allard.

“It's always great hosting a student from back home to page for us in the House,” said Kretz, R-Wauconda. “Sophie is a very bright, hardworking individual and it was an honor to have her here learning more about our state government.”

While a page in Olympia, Allard learned to navigate the Capitol campus, delivered messages and documents to legislators in their offices and in committee meetings, and assisted members in the House chamber during floor sessions. She also attended page school part-time each day, where an experienced, certified instructor teaches students about how a bill becomes a law and other state government operations.

Pages receive a $35 stipend for each day during the week they serve.

To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor and be between the ages of 14 and 16. Pages are required to obtain written permission from their parents and school before participating.

For more information or to apply, visit:

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wacounda, and House Page Sophie Allard

CAPTION: Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, and House Page Sophie Allard. CREDIT: Washington State Legislature

House Page Sophie Allard

CAPTION: House Page Sophie Allard. CREDIT: Washington State Legislature

For more information about the House page program, visit:


Washington State House Republican Communications