Tanner Stiefel, an eighth-grader at Harbor Ridge Middle School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Tanner was one of 13 students who served as Senate pages for the fourth week of the 2018 legislative session.
He was sponsored by 26th Legislative District Sen. Jan Angel, who serves Kitsap and Pierce counties.
“I really enjoyed sponsoring Tanner and meeting him while he paged for the Senate this week,” Sen. Angel said. “The Page Program is a great way for students to learn about how the Legislature operates and see it in action.”
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.
His favorite part was seeing the Capitol. “It’s a lot to see, it’s beautiful,” Tanner said. He was surprised to learn “that you can be independent from the rest of your party.”
Tanner enjoys participating in several of his school’s bands, including honor band and jazz band.
Tanner, 14, is the son of Justin and Jennifer Stiefel of Gig Harbor.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.