The Edmond Sun

Education

May 24, 2013

Local students shine in House page program

OKLA. CITY — Local students shined at the State Capitol as they served as House pages for state Rep. Anastasia A. Pittman.

Javonte “J.D.” Baker, a rising young leader and junior at Edmond Santa Fe High School; Elisabeth Pitre, an eighth-grader and Chance Jones, a sixth grader from Cimarron Middle School, were selected to serve as House pages for Pittman.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives maintains a program designed to involve the best young people of Oklahoma in the government of the people. Every week the House hosts 25 to 30 pages to help them through their daily House activities.  In the evenings, the students get to enjoy their free time with each other by eating out, visiting tourist attractions and even participating in their own mock legislature.

“It is always an honor to be a part of such a wonderful program that allows young Oklahomans to see how legislators work and gives them insight on the political process,” said Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “This gives them an educational opportunity to see how government works — how laws are passed — so they can then go back and inform their peers and maybe pursue a career in politics. It was an honor to work with J.D., Elisabeth and Chance. They are such hard and brilliant workers who have so many amazing goals. I look forward to watching them achieve those goals.”

House members worked their way through 1,195 bills, 45 joint resolutions and 11 concurrent resolutions. During their time allotted, J.D., Elisabeth and Chance had the opportunity to shadow Rep. Pittman through daily House activities including committee meetings, House floor activity,and interaction with constituents, lobbyists and other legislators.

Pittman said all three conducted themselves in a manner to prove the worthiness of their selection.

“They served the Oklahoma of Representatives with distinction, bringing honor their families, school and Oklahoma City. They will be a great leaders for this state,” Pittman said.

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