Sean Hobbs, a sophomore at Steilacoom High School, took time away from his studies to participate in the Senate Page Program during the fifth week of the 2009 Legislative Session. He was sponsored by Sen. Carrell (R ‚Äì Lakewood).
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Pages are responsible for such tasks as running errands and delivering mail. They spend time in the Senate Chamber and in page school learning about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Around 20 students per week participate in the program during legislative sessions.
“The page program is one of the best ways I know for young people to learn about state government,” said Carrell. “I’m thrilled that Sean got a chance to participate.”
Hobbs heard about the program from his sister who participated a few years ago. “I wanted to apply because I had heard nothing but good reviews about the experience,” he said. Hobbs counted meeting Carrell and participating in a mock committee hearing as two of the highlights of his week.
Though he says he still doesn’t plan to pursue a career in politics, Hobbs recommends the program to other students. “You’ll learn a lot and make plenty of friends,” he said. “Everyone here is really nice.”
In his spare time, Hobbs participates in a number of organizations including Key Club, Boy Scouts, Youth Unlimited and his church’s youth group. He also enjoys fencing and tennis. Hobbs is the son of Karen and Curtis Hobbs of Steilacoom.