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OVERVIEW

The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program offers a unique opportunity

for students to examine what they learn in the classroom under real life circumstances. Students

participate in a wide variety of activities, each designed to further their understanding of our state

government and the legislative process. Some of the activities include:

  • Assisting members and staff during House floor sessions in the House Chamber.
  • Participating in a mock committee hearing designed to develop students' leadership skills and to inspire them to think critically about the issues confronting our state.
  • Individual meetings with state representatives designed to allow students to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
  • Meetings with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.

 

Video

A six-part video series that provides an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the High School Page

Program is available online. It is entitled A Guide to the Minnesota House High School Page

Program and can be found on You Tube or www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/introletter.asp .

The series offers additional information about the program, the history and how to sign up for this

unique, educational experience.
 

ELIGIBILITY

The program is open to all Minnesota high school students during their JUNIOR year, whether

they attend public or private schools, or are home schooled.
 

2019 PROGRAM DATES

Week 1: February 4th- 8th Week 7: March 18th- 22nd

Week 2: February 11th- 15th Week 8: March 25th-29th

Week 3: February 18th- 22nd Week 9: April 1st- 5th

Week 4: February 25th- March 1st Week 10: April 8th- 12th

Week 5: March 4th- 8th Week 11: May 6th- 10th

Week 6: March 11th- 15th Week 12: May 13th- 17th

 

DEADLINE

Only complete applications received at the Sergeant at Arms Office by the end of business on

November 28th, 2018 will be considered.
 

WRITING SAMPLE

Each applicant must submit a 500 words essay. The essay should answer the question, “Why do

you [the applicant] want to participate in the 2019 High School Page Program?” Teachers and

counselors should remind applicants to not overlook this portion of the application process, and

encourage them to incorporate a great deal of thought into their submissions. This is an important

part of the application and significant to the selection of participants.
 

Letter of Recommendation

In addition to the application and essay, students are required to include one letter of

recommendation from a teacher, counselor or academic advisor.
 

PARTICIPANT SELECTION

The program selection process is highly competitive. The thoroughness of the application and

accompanying essay is evaluated against those of other applicants. After this evaluation, we select

participants and alternates based upon the quality of the essay, availability, and weekly scheduling

requirements.
 

We notify all applicants chosen to serve as program participants and alternates by the end of

December. Along with a letter of acceptance, participants receive their weekly placement, further

program information, and important program forms.

 

SCHEDULING

When completing the applications, applicants must pay special attention to their availability.

Though applicants have a better chance to be selected the more they are available, students must

keep their personal schedules in mind. It is important to remember that once a student has

committed to attending the program, weekly scheduling changes are rarely granted for

extracurricular activities or other prior commitments.
 

Typical program schedule:

Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon.
 

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrew Olson, Assistant Sergeant at Arms

B17 State Office Building

100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 296-7452 or (651) 296-4860

Andrew.Olson@house.mn