Skylah Brinkerhoff, an eighth-grader at John Sedgwick Middle School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Skylah was one of 29 students who served as Senate pages for the sixth week of the 2018 legislative session.
She was sponsored by her grandmother, 26th Legislative District Sen. Jan Angel, who serves Kitsap and Pierce counties.
“What a special honor for me to sponsor my granddaughter, Skylah, as a page!” Angel said. “It was great having her in Olympia for a week to see what I do as a legislator and to learn firsthand how the Legislature operates.”
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 really like working on the Senate floor,” Skylah said. She says she’ll always remember the people she met here at the Capitol, and all she learned during the week.
Skylah enjoys cross country and track.
Skylah, 14, is the daughter of William Herdman and Erin Brinkerhoff of Port Orchard.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/ .