Monday, June 3, 2013

Honorary House Pages

Four Spring Branch ISD students were chosen to serve as Honorary Pages at the state Capitol in Austin during the recent 83rd regular session of the Texas Legislature. Lawmakers are now meeting in a Special Session in Austin called by Gov. Rick Perry.

The district students were chosen based on age, location and school attendance from across House District 138, the Texas House seat currently held by Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac.

SBISD students Caleb Howell of Spring Oaks Middle School, Weston Howell of Spring Shadows Elementary School, Alaina Mancuso of Westchester Academy for International Studies and Stewart Singleton of Cornerstone Academy were selected for this special program.

In all, eight students were chosen. Caleb Howell and Stewart Singleton are seventh-graders. Weston Howell is a fourth-grader, and Alaina Mancuso is a sixth-grader.

All members of the Texas House of Representatives are given the opportunity to host a number of honorary pages during the legislative session through the Texas House Honorary Page Program. Students from ages 8 to 18 may serve as pages in half-day shifts at the Austin Capitol and observe Texas lawmakers in action.

Honorary pages have floor access, which means that they can visit with elected representatives, meet the Speaker of the House, and learn about the legislative process up close.

In addition, students may work with the Sergeant-at-Arms Office to assist with the delivery of messages and documents for members. Students received official badges and photographs as a commemorative reminder of their special day this year.

In a press release, Rep. Bohac said: “I have been involved in public service from an early age, beginning in high school, when I had the opportunity serve as a winter intern in Congressman Bill Archer's Washington, D.C. office. It’s that experience that led me to public service. My intent is to provide a similar experience to the young people of my district.”

"We are happy to sponsor students from District 138 as we launch this inaugural program and we look forward to having them represent our district at the Capitol,” he also said in the news release.


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