SusAnna Kerns, a sophomore at Snohomish High School, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate. SusAnna was one of 15 students who served as Senate pages for the eighth week of the 2017 legislative session.
She was sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson, who represents the 39th Legislative District.
“SusAnna is a bright young woman, and did an excellent job paging for us this week,” said Pearson, R-Monroe. “I hope this experience has shown her how rewarding it can be to serve her community!”
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.
“I heard about the program, and it sounded like a lot of fun!” SusAnna said when asked about why she applied to the Senate Page Program. “I’ve really liked watching the voting on the Senate floor, and sometimes the senators will tell us jokes!”
SusAnna loves history and the English language, and hopes to teach both subjects in a high school setting. SusAnna has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember.
“When I was five, I used to set up my stuffed animals in rows and teach them like a little class!” SusAnna said, laughing.
She lives in Monroe with her parents and her brothers, Jimmy and Tommy, who are seven and 21 respectively. Her mother, Marcee, works for Kindering. Her father, Jim, works for Boeing in Everett. Her grandparents, Clay and Paula Lanum, live in nearby Bothell.
SusAnna enjoys spending time with her friends and watching Grey’s Anatomy. She also likes to experiment with artistic make-up and cosmetics. She manages the girls’ basketball team at her high school, and sings in the choir.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/