Isabella Syverson, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of Jan. 24.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) sponsored Syverson’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.

“The most interesting thing that I have done is sit on the (Senate) floor and listen to my sponsoring senator speak in favor of a couple of bills.  Listening allowed me to formulate my own opinions about the issues,” said Syverson.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“I’m really passionate about the environment and I really enjoyed watching Senator Wellman lead the Environment, Energy & Tech committee.  I could see myself doing that.” added Syverson.

Syverson is in 10th grade at Eastside Preparatory School. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, playing violin, and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact