Alyssa Hawkins, an eighth-grader at McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Alyssa was one of 33 students who served as Senate pages for the seventh week of the 2018 legislative session.
She was sponsored by 26th Legislative District Sen. Jan Angel, who serves Kitsap and Pierce counties.
“I’m glad Alyssa had a good time during her week at the Legislature,” Angel said. “She was a great page, and I hope she learned a lot.”
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.
“Just watching the senators work was really interesting,” Alyssa said. “I liked watching the hearings and seeing stuff happening on the floor.” She added she also enjoyed running errands and delivering messages to the members’ offices.
Alyssa, the 14-year-old daughter of David Hawkins and Julie Gaffney of Port Orchard, enjoys music, robotics, track, writing club and volunteering.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/ .