Caldier sponsors local high school student as page in state House

South Kitsap High School student Thomas Bidewell, 16, traveled to Olympia Feb. 12 and spent the week serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 26th District Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard.

Thomas is an AP student, an Honor Society member, and active in a number of clubs — Model United Nations Club, German Club, and Ceramics Club. He also plays on his school's varsity football team.

As part of his page duties for the week, Thomas learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and attended page school every day to understand the inner workings of the Legislature.

“It was a privilege sponsoring Thomas as a page in the House last week,” said Caldier. “His drive to learn and achieve as much as possible at such a young age reveals an impressive level of maturity. He's setting himself up well for the future, and I have no doubt he'll be successful at whatever he puts his mind to. I'm grateful for his service to the House, and wish him the best going forward.”

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the House Page Program. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program. For more information about the House Page Program, click here.


Washington State House Republican Communications