Lessons in lawmaking: Hancock County students learn from Crider, Statehouse experience

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Om Aggerwall of Greenfield was a senate page with State Sen. Michael Crider.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Several local students experienced the Indiana Statehouse while lawmakers were in session earlier this year.

State Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse who served as Senate pages in February:

Om Aggarwal, from Greenfield, who attends Greenfield Central Junior High School; Austin Crider, McCordsville, Fall Creek Junior High School; Elijah Edon, Greenfield, Eastern Hancock High School; Juliana Jackson, New Palestine, New Palestine Junior High School; Sophia Jackson, New Palestine, New Palestine Intermediate School; Joseph Kowalescki, Greenfield, St. Michael Catholic School; Chase Scott, Greenfield, Greenfield-Central High School; Harper Watkins, New Palestine, New Palestine Intermediate School; Christian Whisman, Greenfield, Eastern Hancock High School; Adalyn Willis, Wilkinson, Eastern Hancock Middle School; Alivia Willis, Wilkinson, Eastern Hancock Middle School; and Tenley Yoder, New Palestine, New Palestine Junior High School.

Pages spend a day at the Statehouse touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senator.

“Our page program provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the legislative process,” Crider said in a press release. “It’s always exciting to welcome students from my district to the Statehouse, including my grandson, who had the opportunity to serve as a page this session. Answering any questions they have about legislation is a great way for them to learn about state government firsthand.”

Students in grades six through 12 participate in the page program on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session. Groups serve on Wednesdays.

To learn more about the Senate Page Program, visit IndianaSenateRepublicans.com/page-program.