The following press release is from the Washington State Senate Republican Causus
Sen. Mike Carrell with page David Kimball.
During the final week of the 60-day legislative session, over 30 students served in the Senate Page Program. David Kimball, a ninth-grade home school student from University Place, was one such student.
Pages perform a variety of tasks at the Capitol including making deliveries and working in the Senate chamber. They also participate in a mock hearing that simulates legislative bill hearings.
“David was an excellent page,” said Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, who sponsored Kimball. “He was dedicated and eager to get to work, and it was a pleasure sponsoring him.”
Kimball, 15, loves to read. He has played piano for several years. Kimball has performed in several productions at the Lakewood Playhouse, including the leading role in “Tom Sawyer.” In his free time, Kimball enjoys drawing, playing video games, and traveling to exciting places like Florida, Hawaii and Albania.
Kimball said the best parts of paging were making deliveries, learning how to navigate the Capitol campus and walking through all of the government buildings. He also enjoyed meeting other pages.
“I’m so glad I was a page,” Kimball said. “It’s a great opportunity that not everyone gets to experience. I just feel honored.”
Sean McDivitt paged for Sen. Mike Carrell last week.
As the Legislature entered the final week of this year’s legislative session, more than 30 students arrived to serve in the Senate Page Program. Among them was Sean McDivitt, a twelfth-grade homeschool student from Fircrest.
McDivitt, 16, participated in the Senate Page Program March 10-14. Students receive a unique opportunity to observe and participate in state government while in the page program. Pages deliver mail, attend Page School classes and participate in mock hearings that simulate the legislative process.
“Sean did a fantastic job,” said Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, who sponsored McDivitt. “His interest in politics and law, combined with his dedication, made him an ideal page.”
McDivitt enjoys debating and has participated in a variety of events offered by the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, a forensics organization for homeschool students. McDivitt plays piano for his church. He also competes on swim teams for a local school and the YMCA, and is coaching a swim team at the YMCA.
McDivitt enjoyed presenting and arguing for bills during the mock committee hearing, and served as a committee chairman. He also liked observing how legislators behaved outside of the Senate chamber during lunch breaks in the Senate dining room.
McDivitt plans to study politics and law in college, and said that paging gave him valuable insight into how these forces affect state government.