Serina Wilson, a freshman at Sedro-Woolley High School, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate. Serina was one of 13 students who served as Senate pages for the sixth week of the 2017 legislative session.
She was sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson, who represents the 39th Legislative District.
“I’m glad Serina got the chance to page for us this week,” said Pearson, R-Monroe. “Seeing the lawmaking process up close is a valuable learning experience.”
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.
Serina’s interest in the Legislature started in middle school while using a computer program to draft bills in class. “My teacher said I was exemplary at drafting, and then she told me about the page program.” Serina initially thought she wanted to go to law school, but has since gravitated toward the arts. When asked what she will do instead of law school she said, “I’ll always be interested in government, but I think I want to go to the Seattle Art Institute to study design.”
“I’ve had a great time,” Serina said when asked about her experiences in the Senate Page Program. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the state!” She was especially excited to meet many new friends in the program.
Serina and her grandparents, Greg and Linda Wilson, are passionate about the outdoors. They try to hike twice a week during the summer time.
Serina also enjoys swimming, drawing, and singing. She plays the piano, the trumpet, and the french horn as well.
She is the daughter of Eric and Rebecca Wilson of Clear Lake.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/