Sebastian Sandoval, a sophomore at Steilacoom High School, participated in the Senate Page Program during the second week of the 2011 legislative session, along with 14 other students. He was sponsored by Sen. Mike Carrell (R-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, as well as drafting a mock bill.
“The Senate Page Program gives students a chance to observe state government from a much closer vantage point than most of the state’s citizens get,” said Sen. Carrell. “I highly recommend it for all our young people, even those not particularly interested in government.”
Sandoval’s favorite part of the week was being able to walk around campus and take in all the beauty it has to offer. “Most of all, I liked walking around the Capitol and looking at all the buildings. The architecture is marvelous.” Sandoval said.
Sandoval stays active outside of the classroom as a member of Steilacoom’s swim team. The backstroke is Sandoval’s favorite. After high school, Sandoval is considering a career with the military. Both of Sandoval’s parents are in the military and he admires them greatly.
He is the son of Steven Sandoval and Brenda Rivas-Sandoval of DuPont.
Junior high/middle school and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.