Lacy Nadeau, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 17.
Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, sponsored Nadeau’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’ve always wanted to work in Government, and now I’m certain that I want to pursue a degree in Political Science,” said Nadeau.
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.
“Sitting on the Senate floor and watching the floor session has been amazing,” added Nadeau. “Meeting my senator for lunch was the best part of my time as a senate page.”
Nadeau is in 10th grade at A.G. West Black Hills High School. In her free time, she enjoys theatre, swimming, and playing her violin.