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Justin Miller serves as House page

Justin Miller, a junior at Hancock High School, son of Rev. Julius andMarla Miller, had the honor of being a page in the Minnesota House of Representatives at the state capitol in St. Paul, May 12-16. Justin was one of ten students selected from across the state of Minnesota to participate for this final week of the legislative session. The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their junior year. Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation, and an essay. Throughout the course of their week in St. Paul, high school pages are exposed to a wide variety of experiences, designed to provide them with a deep understanding of state government.

Justin’s favorite classes are math and science.  He is also actively involved in football, basketball, and baseball, along with Hancock Business Professionals of America.  He enjoyed his experience as a House Page and will carry forward the knowledge he has gained about the state legislature.  

“It’s a great way to learn more about how our state works,” said Miller.  “The legislature can be difficult to understand until you see the actual business of how things get done here.  The process  and the people have been fascinating, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other high school pages from around the state and hearing their thoughts and experiences.”

Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL- Elbow Lake) was pleased to welcome Miller  to participate and learn more about the legislative process. Rep. McNamar encourages other area students to apply for the page program.

“I think it’s a great way for students to learn more about Minnesota government,” said Rep. McNamar.  “When students get here they’re exposed to a variety of different ways of thinking about state government, and that diversity of opinions is a great way to learn.  It also exposes students to the many different types of communities there are all over Minnesota, and they all have a voice here.”

More information about the High School Page Program can be found at the Minnesota House website by clicking on “Educational Programs” or by calling the House Sergeant-at-Arms at 651-296-4860.