OLYMPIA – Waylon Menzia, 14, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.
Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) sponsored Menzia’s week in 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 found the most interesting thing that I did this week was go to see the vault at the Treasury office, they mostly store records and a little bit of money there,” said Menzia.
Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.
“This experience has furthered my interest in Public Service, I want to make the world a better place,” added Menzia.
Menzia is in 9th grade at Auburn Mountain View High School. In his free time, he enjoys Boy Scouts, Bible Quizzing, and the Auburn Junior City Council.
For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov