Students spend day working at Statehouse

Staff Reports

Several local students recently served as an Indiana House page during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Serving as pages for state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, were:

Mert Katirci, Columbus North High School junior.

Dietrich Smith, Hauser Junior-Senior High School sophomore.

Emma Wolford, Columbus North High School freshman.

Pages for state Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, who represents a portion of eastern Bartholomew County, were:

Mauro Cumbe, Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School junior.

Jacob Anderson, Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School sophomore.

The Indiana House Page Program is an educational way for students to gain a better understanding of the lawmaking process by meeting their state representative and witnessing how laws are made firsthand. The Indiana House of Representatives offers students between the ages of 13 and 18 the opportunity to visit the Statehouse and experience a full day of legislative activity.

Pages see how the state Legislature works firsthand in a behind-the-scenes tour. They work alongside legislators, legislative assistants and interns. On session days, pages experience how a bill becomes a law as they watch legislators on the House floor debate issues. Students also have the chance to tour the Statehouse, see where the governor works and observe floor sessions of the House, Senate and Supreme Court chambers.