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Goldendale student serves as page



LEARNING THE LEGISLATURE: Alyssa Simmons spent a week as a page in the state Legislature.

Alyssa Simmons, an 11th-grade homeschooled student from Goldendale, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Alyssa was one of 15 students who served as senate pages for the first week of the 2017 legislative session.

She was sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, who represents the 14th Legislative District.

"Alyssa is a bright, hard-working young woman," said King, R-Yakima. "I hope her time here has shown her how rewarding public service can be."

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, as well as delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.

"It is a very good opportunity to get to know your government, and you meet a lot of nice people," Alyssa said when asked about why she applied to the Senate Page Program.

Alyssa, 16, enjoys practicing archery and playing both soccer and tennis. She is also a three-time grand champion in dog agility training at the state fair.

She is the daughter of Darrell and Darla Simmons of Goldendale.

Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.


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