Sophomore Emily Goheen spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Emily was one of 18 students who served as Senate pages for the third week of the 2018 legislative session.
Emily was sponsored by 17th Legislative District Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.
“I had the opportunity to sponsor Emily Goheen as a Senate Page this week,” Sen. Wilson said. “Emily shared with me that she has aspirations in the field of medicine. I applaud her civic involvement as she participated in the Page Program this week. It is a great way for students to experience the inner workings of the Legislature.”
The Senate Page Program provides an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working at the Legislature. Students transport documents between offices, as well as deliver 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.
“My favorite part is going out to the south gallery, which is where you sit with a security guard and a bunch of tourists or people that have meetings with senators come through and you get to show them where to go, and sometimes you get to tell them about different stuff in the gallery, so that was really cool,” Emily said.
Emily, a former Vancouver resident, enjoys piano, taekwondo, church, choir, and youth group.
Emily, 15, is the daughter of Greg and Keren Goheen of Maple Valley, Washington.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/