OLYMPIA – McKenna Jarrard, a homeschooled student, spent the last week as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Jarrard was one of 15 students who served as Senate pages for the eighth week of the 2015 legislative session.
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, as well as delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.
“I was really excited about the opportunity and it’s been really fun,” Jarrard said.
Her favorite part was being in the Senate chamber. “They’re affecting thousands of lives, sometimes it’s not important stuff, sometimes it is, but it’s all very interesting,” she said. “It was very different than I imagined it. I guess I didn’t realize how many lives they’re affecting when they’re voting on a bill and pass it. I think it’s really cool.”
Jarrard was sponsored by 28th Legislative District Sen. Steve O’Ban.
She has played viola for eight years and likes to go skiing. She also likes to read and go hiking.
McKenna, 16, is the daughter of James and Rebekah Jarrard of Fort Lewis, WA.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/