Tess Snyder, 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. Tess was one of 28 students who served as Senate pages for the sixth week of the 2018 legislative session.
She was sponsored by 26th Legislative District Sen. Jan Angel, who serves Kitsap and Pierce counties.
“We’re glad Tess had the opportunity to page in the Senate this week,” Angel said. “She had the chance to see a lot of interesting floor action. I’m glad 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.
“My favorite part was being on the floor with all of the Senators and watching them make decisions on the hard topics,” Tess said. She added that she was surprised that there could be a tie in the Senate, in which case Lt. Gov. Habib had to vote to break it.
Tess enjoys reading and swimming.
Tess, 14, is the daughter of Clark Snyder and Deborah More of Port Orchard.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/ .