Students Kaitlin Mastin and Christina Swanson recently served as pages in the House of Representatives April 4-8. They were sponsored by 16th District Rep. Maureen Walsh. Kaitlin,14, is an 8th-grader at Garrison Middle School and the daughter of Lorie and former State Representative Dave Mastin of Walla Walla. Christina, 16, attends Walla Walla High School where she is a sophomore. She is the daughter of Clarice and Keith Swanson of Touchet.
Both girls attended page school each day to learn about the legislative process. As part of their duties, they distributed documents and notes to legislators and staff on the House floor, as well as around the Capitol campus.
“I was glad to have these young ladies here at the Capitol,” said Walsh, R-Walla Walla. “Kaitlin is actually my goddaughter and it was fun to have her around. This was a very active week for them to see their government in action – from passing budgets to seeing protestors, it was a very real showing of state government in action for the next generation.”
Young men and women have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State Legislature since 1891. Pages must obtain permission from their parents and schools, and most live with volunteer host families.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Walsh with student page PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Walsh with student page Christina Swanson
Kaitlin Mastin on the House floor in Olympia. on the House floor in Olympia.
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