Devon Hodge, a homeschool sophomore from Anderson Island, spent the last week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Hodge was one of 18 students who served as Senate pages for the seventh week of the 2013 legislative session.
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Pages, like Hodge, are responsible for such tasks as transporting documents between offices as well as delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber in addition to attending page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.
“It was so cool being able to work on the Senate floor for three days in a row,” Hodge said. “I have had an amazing opportunity to see behind the curtain and learn about the process of turning a bill into a law.”
28th District Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, sponsored Hodge for the week.
“Washington’s page program is one of the best in the nation,” Carrell said. “I wish more students like Devon could take advantage of it.”
Hodge enjoys singing in the Tacoma Youth Chorus, volunteering at Wolf Haven International and learning all about digital design. She is the daughter of Kristina MacQuarrie and Erik Hodge of Anderson Island.
Junior high/middle school and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.