Stuart Bright, an eighth-grader at Pioneer Middle School, participated in the Senate Page Program during the eighth week of the 2011 legislative session. He was one of 18 students who participated. 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.”
Bright’s favorite part of the week was being able to walk around campus and explore the offices. “Working in the Legislative Building was my favorite. I enjoyed being able to move around a lot and see all of the offices.” Bright said.
Bright stays active outside of the classroom by playing on Pioneer Middle School’s baseball team. Recently, Bright has begun taking Krav Maga lessons and is interested in further pursuing martial arts. He also plays percussion in Pioneer Middle School’s band.
He is the son of Bryan and Leslie Bright 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/.