Rep. Dan Newhouse is calling on local students between the ages of 14 and 16 to page at the state Capitol in Olympia during the upcoming session.

The 15th District lawmaker is accepting applications and encouraging young people to apply.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet their peers from around the state and see how laws that affect them are created," said Newhouse. "I have had the pleasure of sponsoring some of the best and brightest students from our area. Their feedback about the paging experience has always been extremely positive."

To serve as a page, a student must:

Have permission from a parent or guardian;

Have permission from school;

Be sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives;

Be at least 14 years of age and not yet 17 years old.

Students work for one week and are paid a stipend. If a student is selected for the program, the House of Representatives will provide a list of available private housing options. Many students choose to live with host families in the Olympia area.

Interested students may contact Newhouse at (360) 786-7874 or newhouse.dan@leg.wa.gov.

More information, including a page application, can be found at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/house.pageinternprogram/housepageprogram.htm