Jonathan Lewis, a freshman at Curtis Junior High School in University Place, Washington, took time away from his studies to participate in the Senate Page Program. He was sponsored by the Senate Republican Caucus.
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students between the ages of 14 and 16 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. Lewis was one of 22 students who participated in the program during the fourteenth week of the 2009 legislative session.
“We’re always happy to sponsor students like Jonathan for the page program,” said James Troyer, Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Caucus. “I’m sure he learned a lot, and I hope he enjoyed his time here.”
Lewis heard about the program from Troyer and was eager to apply. “I wanted to learn more about laws, bills and the Legislature in general,” he said. “And I thought it would be really fun to work at the Capitol.” Highlights of Lewis’ week included attending a caucus meeting, getting to know his host family and making new friends.
Having enjoyed his week at the Capitol, Lewis reports that he recommends the program to other students, and offered a few words of wisdom for future applicants. “Be nice to everyone, follow directions and you’ll have a great time!”
When he gets a break from school, Lewis enjoys swimming, playing golf and devoting time to his youth group. He is also a Boy Scout and a member of the National Honor Society.
Lewis is the son of John and Carissa Lewis of Fircrest.
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