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Sen. Messmer welcomes local student to Statehouse

Contact: Lance Gideon, Press Secretary

Avi Sarkar, Press Secretary Intern

Sen. Messmer welcomes local student to Statehouse

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2023) – State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) welcomed Ferdinand resident and Forest Park Junior High School student Miranda Rickelman to the Statehouse where she served as a Senate page in February.

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

"Every session, I look forward to meeting young Hoosiers who travel to the Statehouse," Messmer said. "The Senate Page Program in an innovative way to teach students about the legislative process and our state government in an immersive experience outside of the classroom, and I am glad Miranda made the long trip to do so."

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


High-resolution photos can be accessed by clicking on the page’s name above or by visiting

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) represents Senate District 48,
which includes Crawford, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties.
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