Claire Anderson, an eighth-grader at Illahee Middle School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Claire was one of 13 students who served as Senate pages for the fourth week of the 2018 legislative session.
She was sponsored by 30th Legislative District Sen. Mark Miloscia, who serves Algona, Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Milton and Pacific.
“It was great to work with Claire and talk with her about her experiences this week,” Miloscia said. “I have known her since she was a baby. Working as a page is an excellent way for students to learn about the Legislature and what it does.”
The Senate Page Program provides an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working at the Legislature. Students transport documents between offices, as well as deliver messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.
“I realized coming here that I didn’t know much about the government, and this is the best place to be to learn about the government. I definitely know more now and I’m really glad I did it,” Claire said.
Claire enjoys playing tennis, violin, and piano. She also enjoys participating in the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and youth group.
Claire, 14, is the daughter of Chris and Cindy Anderson of Federal Way.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/ .