In one week, Sean Coyle, a senior at Elk Point-Jefferson High School, will head for Pierre to be an intern as part of the 2021 Legislative Page Program.
Coyle will travel to the state’s capitol to serve in the House of Representatives for House Majority Whip Kevin Jensen for two weeks.
High school seniors as pages are utilized by the Legislature during each session. These pages take part in a variety of duties throughout their time with legislators. Duties include distributing legislative documents, running errands for legislators, answering phones, assisting in the Legislative Post Office, attending committee meetings and debates on the House floor while in session.
It’s a great opportunity to observe the process and the behind-the-scenes, and learn a great deal about legislators and the legislative process while serving South Dakota.
A standard workday begins with committee meetings at 7:45 a.m. Floor sessions could last until after 6 p.m. with occasional night meetings. Pages attend dinner with the Governor one evening during their session.
To qualify for the program, participants are required to have good academic standing, have two recommendations from within the community and be sponsored by a South Dakota legislator.
Coyle is the son of Brian and Deb Coyle of Elk Point.