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Auburn's Sen. Fain sponsors page

Ruben Aguilar worked as a page for Sen. Joe Fain and last week in Olympia.   - Courtesy photo
Ruben Aguilar worked as a page for Sen. Joe Fain and last week in Olympia.
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Ruben Aguilar, a sophomore at Kentlake High School in Kent, participated in the Senate Page Program at the state Capitol during the first week of the 2012 session.

Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn sponsored Aguilar.

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to get first-hand experience working in the Legislature. Pages get a variety of experiences in their week-long stay in Olympia, including running errands, delivering mail, and paging in the Senate Chamber. Pages are also taught about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.

Aguilar was one of 18 students chosen to participate.

"I'm grateful for Ruben's help this week," Fain said. "I am happy that he was able to take this opportunity to learn about the legislative process. Kentlake's DECA program is known for the young leaders it produces. From helping in Olympia to volunteering at community events like the Covington tree lighting festival, these young men and women understand public service."

Aguilar added: "The highlight of my week was when I got to help a lost boy using crutches. He got lost in the capitol building, so I stayed with him and helped him find his dad."

Aguilar is involved in DECA, as well as his high school debate team. In the classroom he enjoys English, history, and loves human geography. He hopes to study political science at Georgetown Berkley and become a lawyer.

Aguilar is the son of Jose Martinez and Angela Gonzales of Covington.

Junior high/middle school and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit www.leg.wa.gov.

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