Ekaterina Matsko, an 8th grader at Cascade Middle School, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate. Ekaterina was one of 30 students who served as Senate pages for the 13th week of the 2017 legislative session.
She was sponsored by 39th Legislative District Sen. Kirk Pearson.
“It’s been a real joy seeing Ekaterina’s determination and passion for government,” said Pearson. “I hope that she’ll take this experience to heart as she moves on to bigger and better things.”
“I’m very interested in political work,” said Ekaterina, “I think that paging is an important first step. The experience has been even better than I expected, I really enjoyed learning more about the process.”
Ekaterina was born in Russia, and moved to America with her mother Nina and brother Sasha when she was 7 years old. Since then, she’s developed an intense passion for U.S. history and government.
“I hope that someday I can work in Congress,” said Ekaterina. “I think that if I work hard enough, I can achieve anything.”
Besides government, Ekaterina has a variety of interests including astronomy, karate, writing, art, and studying languages. Ekaterina is bilingual and at present working hard to learn Chinese, amongst other languages.
“I’m hoping to go to Stanford after graduating high school,” said Ekaterina. “I’m particularly interested in studying business and economics.”
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.
Ekaterina, age 14, is the daughter of James and Nina Hubbs of Sedro-Woolley.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/