Kennewick High School sophomores Melissa Schmitz and Jacqueline Ines traveled to Olympia April 11-15 to serve as pages in the Washington State House of Representatives. They were sponsored by their 16th District State Representative Maureen Walsh.
Schmitz is the daughter of Nancy and David Schmitz of Kennewick. Ines is the daughter of Elizabeth and Joselito Ines of Kennewick. Both girls stayed with a host family in Olympia while they served.
The two attended page school each day to learn about the legislative process. They also had the opportunity to sponsor mock bills with fellow students from throughout the state. Ines sponsored legislation addressing childhood obesity.
““The last few weeks of session are an exciting time in the Legislature, and I am glad these young women were afforded the opportunity to observe the legislative process in action and re-create the committee process used to move potential bills through the Legislature,” said Walsh, R-Walla Walla. “I hope their time in Olympia was beneficial and made a lasting impression on them.”
In addition to page school, the high schoolers were responsible for distributing official paperwork to members in committees, offices and the floor.
To learn more about the House Page Program or to apply, visit the Web site. Students between the ages of 14 and 16 who are interested in the page program must have parent permission, acceptable grades and a legislative sponsor.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Walsh with student page Melissa Schmitz on the House floor in Olympia. Credit House of Representatives.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Walsh with student page Jacqueline Ines on the House floor in Olympia. Credit House of Representatives.
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