OLYMPIA--Haley McIrvin and Emily Owens, both sophomores at Kettle Falls High School, participated in the Senate Page Program durÂ¬ing the fifth week of the 2012 session. McIrvin and Owens were sponsored by Sen. Bob Morton (R-Kettle Falls).
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to get first-hand expeÂ¬rience working in the LegislaÂ¬ture. Pages get a variety of exÂ¬periences in their week-long stay in Olympia, including running errands, delivering mail, and paging in the Senate Chamber. Pages are also taught about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. McIrvin and Owens were two of 28 students chosen to participate last week.
âThe page program offers a rare, firsthand opportunity to learn about state government,â said Morton. âIâm glad Haley and Emily were able to take advantage of it.â
McIrvin and Owens heard about the Senate Page Program through her mothers, who had come to the Capitol to promote higher education, and had talked with Sen. Morton about the opportunity for her daughÂ¬ters.
âIâm happy that I had the chance to come to Olympia,â said Owens. âI was able to learn about different bills that affect people all over WashingÂ¬ton, not just in my area, which makes me want to get more inÂ¬volved.â
When asked her favorite moment of the week, McIrvin said, âThe best moment for me was when we were able to sit in on the Republican caucus. It was great to see how the procÂ¬ess works, and how the senaÂ¬tors interact with each other.â
McIrvin likes to stay active by playing sports such as softball and volleyball. She is also inÂ¬volved in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. She is the daughter of Dave and Joy McIrvin of Colville.
Owens is on the varsity basÂ¬ketball and softball teams at her high school. She is also a part of the Future Farmers of America organization. She is the daughter of Stacey and Amy Owens of Kettle Falls.
Junior high/middle school and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.