Abbygail Mena with Sen. Mona Das on the Senate floor. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Legislature

Abbygail Mena with Sen. Mona Das on the Senate floor. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Legislature

Auburn’s Mena serves as page for Sen. Das in Olympia

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:31am
  • News

Abbygail Mena, 14, served as a page in the state Senate during the week of April 1.

Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, sponsored Mena’s week at the Legislature.

“It was so great to host Abbygail at the Capitol this week,” Das said. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature, and learned a lot about the Legislative Branch.”

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers. It also includes classes with topics such as budget writing and how a bill becomes a law — which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting.

Mena and her partners worked on a bill that would allow later school start times. The bill would allow high school start times to be pushed back so that children could get more time to rest before the day starts. Mena and her partners found that this would increase productivity in teenagers and allow them to have more time to study.

“I enjoyed listening to the many guest speakers,” Mena said. “They had a lot of great information and taught me about the many different jobs that you could have in state government.”

Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

Mena is a freshman at Auburn High School. In her free time her she loves playing basketball for her high school team. She is excited to see what the rest of high school holds for her.

For more information, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov.

More in News

Passing it on

Polynesian Dance Troupe Instructor Kalei’Okalani Matsui shows Edelweiss Ding, 4, how to… Continue reading

Neely Mansion Vintage Market coming July 27

Neely Mansion – Auburn’s historic landmark – hosts its Vintage Market on… Continue reading

Reporter file photo
Classic chrome and mighty machines return

Solid Rock Cruisers host Summer Cruise-in Thursday, July 18 at former Big Daddy’s site

City to hire racial equity consultant

Council agrees to ‘workable’ resolution

VRFA fire and rescue blotter | July 19

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 291 calls for service between… Continue reading

Auburn Police blotter | July 19

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others,… Continue reading

King County Correctional Facility is located at 500 5th Ave., Seattle. File photo
King County jail’s leaky pipes have national implications

Lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court alleges Aquatherm has been selling faulty pipes.

From rockets to rovers, helping man reach the moon

Boeing aerospace workers in the valley contributed greatly to the Apollo program

Most Read