After a personalized historical tour of the Capitol building with
Brauer, Zion eighth-graders Ashlan Broom, Emma Cooper and Ethan
Goodey assisted in the House chamber and interacted with legislators
during the session. The students worked with the sergeant-at-arms to
assist with the delivery of messages and documents for members.
The program was started to allow students to observe the legislative
process and to witness how a bill becomes law.
The term honorary page is applied to guest attendants because it
recalls the honorable status and goals of pages in history. The
first pages were actually apprentice knights. Pages served while
they received scholastic, social and military education. Pages who
successfully completed their studies were then squires and allowed
to continue their education. Hardworking squires were rewarded with
the honor of knighthood. Pages were first associated with lawmaking
bodies when they began appearing in royal courts.
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The students received official badges and photographs as a
commemorative reminder of their special day.
[Text from news release on behalf of
Rep. Rich Brauer]