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Jackson High School student serves as Washington State Senate page

Jackson High School freshman Juho “James” Yoon, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of April 1, 2019. He was sponsored by Senator Steve Hobbs.
Juho "James" Yoon and Senator Steve Hobbs. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislature.

From a Washington State Legislature news release.

Jackson High School freshman Juho “James” Yoon, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of April 1, 2019.

Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) sponsored Yoon’s week in the Legislature. 

“James did a great job serving as a page,” Hobbs said. “We really enjoyed having him here and hope that he had a great time and learned a lot from the experience.”

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers. It also includes classes with topics such as budget writing and how a bill becomes a law — which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. 

Yoon and his partners worked on a bill that would abolish day light savings time. Their research showed that it is actually safer to remove day light savings time. 

“I enjoyed working on the floor and listening to the senators debate about their bills,” Yoon said. “I had a great time being able to see what a senator’s day-to-day life looks like.” 

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. 

Yoon is in the 9th grade at Jackson High School. He has a great interest in politics, and in his free time he likes to play soccer and watch football.

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