Khai Nguyen, a junior at Mountlake Terrance High School, served as a page with the Washington State Senate the week of April 3. Sen. Joe Nguyễn (D-White Center) sponsored Nguyen’s week at the Legislature.
The page program offers a week of interactive learning about how state government works. Pages get to witness committee hearings, sit in on floor debates, and deliver materials for Senate staff.
Nguyen applied to this program because his brother did it a couple years ago.
“It seemed liked a great opportunity and I wanted to check it out.”
He sponsored a bill for his page program’s mock committee regarding synthetic polymers in plastic products.
“We are banning the use of synthetic polymers because these particles get leaked into the ocean, and then they’re consumed by fish, and as a Washingtonian we consume a lot of seafood, so we are actually eating these micro-plastics.”
He also added, “If I could add another bill, it would be to add the 4×200 meter relay run for boys to track meets. They have it at my high school for girls, but I would also like to run it.”
Nguyen would recommend the program to potential candidates in the future.
“It was a great experience, you get a lot of good food, and I met a bunch of new friends.”
For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov.