From a Washington State Senate news release.
Glacier Peak High School student Viola Cipriano, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of February 5, 2018.
Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Senator Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, sponsored Cipriano’s week in the Legislature.
“It was a privilege to host Viola at the Capitol this week,” said Hobbs. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature.”
The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.
“I was surprised by how friendly and accepting everyone was,” said Cipriano. “There’s a huge learning curve but everyone supports you.”
Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.
“Page school is fun because we get to make our own bills,” added Cipriano.
Cipriano is in ninth grade at Glacier Peak High School. She enjoys 4-H, choir and science.