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**UPDATE** on MEAD Proud Student Moment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Emily Polhamus serves as page in Washington State Senate

Olympia – Emily Polhamus, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of April 17, the 15th week of the 2017 Legislative Session.

Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, sponsored Polhamus’ week in the Legislature.

“Emily was a great addition to our office,” said Billig. “It’s obvious that she is going to go places and has a bright future.”

During their week at the Capitol, pages learn about the legislative process while assisting senators and staff. They hear lectures from guest speakers and attend page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Polhamus proposed legislation regarding driving with electronics.

“My bill would create harsher restrictions for repeat offenders,” said Polhamous. “Basically after a second offense you will lose your license for 90 days.”

Pages have many responsibilities during the week that take them all around the Capitol campus and give them access to places restricted to the general public. Their short journeys give the pages the opportunity to meet and speak with many people.

Polhamus encourages her peers to take advantage of this opportunity while they still can and apply early to make sure they can reserve a spot.

“It’s an amazing experience,” said Polhamus. “It gives you the opportunity to experience something new.”

Polhamus is in the 10th grade at M.E.A.D Alternative High School.

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For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov