Portage teen Brogan Houpt sampled a career in politics during his recent stint as an Indiana Senate page.
Houpt, 14, worked for a day with state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, in Indianapolis and was able to watch a legislative session in action at the state Capitol.
“I was interested in how our government works and it gave me an inside look. Senator Tallian was extremely nice to me,” Houpt said. “I enjoyed everything. I loved the hands on experiences they gave us.
“I learned that all bills matter and our vote matters. We need to be involved with what is going on with our government and with who is elected because of the difference it can make,” he added.
The son of Barbara and James Houpt, the teen is an eighth-grader at Nativity of Our Savior School in Portage.
He maintains a 3.75 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 and is a member of the soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball teams in addition to running track and cross-country.
“I love competing, working together with my teammates and the challenge it presents to me. But if I have to, I will skip a practice to do my homework or to study,” he said.
Currently, Houpt hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame or Purdue University to study mechanical engineering, law or architecture.
“I love science and math, and am also intrigued with cars and how they work.”