Taylor Sibthorp, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 14.
Pages are sponsored by the Senator from their legislative district. Senator Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, sponsored Sibthorp’s week in the Legislature.
“It was a privilege to host Taylor at the Capitol this week,” said Palumbo. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature.”
The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.
“I feel so separate from government and politics other than what I see on TV,” said Sibthorp. “I thought this experience would be beneficial to me in understanding what happens at the Capitol. This program does a good job of being an entry point.”
Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus. Sibthorp was most excited about collecting and delivering bills directly to and from Senators on the floor.
Sibthorp is in 11th grade at Woodinville Montessori High School. In her free time she enjoys studying history, drawing, and playing video games.