Nicole Hobbs, a freshman at Steilacoom High School, participated in the Senate Page Program during the fourth week of the 2011 legislative session, along with nine other students. She 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 Carrell. “I highly recommend it for all our young people, even those not particularly interested in government.”
Hobbs’s favorite part of the week was working in a professional atmosphere. “Everyone around here is so nice and polite,” said Hobbs. “I have loved working here so much.”
Hobbs stays active with Key Club by organizing food drives and community service activities. She also plays soccer for the Lakewood, DuPont and Steilacoom Club team.
She is the daughter of Curtis and Karen Hobbs of Steilacoom.
Junior high/middle school and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to check out the program website.