Yakima student serves as page for Sen. King - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Yakima student serves as page for Sen. King

Posted: Updated:

OLYMPIA, WA - Emily McDougall, a 10th-grade homeschooled student from Yakima, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate. Emily was one of 27 students who served as Senate pages for the seventh week of the 2017 legislative session.

She was sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, who represents the 14th Legislative District.

“We were lucky to have Emily as part of our team this week,” said King, R-Yakima. “She’s a hard-working young woman, and I’m happy she has taken an interest in her state government.”

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 thought this would be a really good opportunity to get hands-on experience with state government,” Emily said when asked why she applied to the Senate Page Program. “I just finished studying the Legislature, and I wanted to get a closer look at how the system works!”

Emily enjoys science, creative writing, photography, and dance.

She is the daughter of Leanne and Jeff McDougall of Yakima.

Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/