Juanita High School junior Odsuren Enkhbaatar, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of March 6, during the ninth week of the 2017 Legislative Session.
Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, sponsored Enkhbaatar’s week in the Legislature.
“Odsuren was an enthusiastic member of our team,” Palumbo said. “It was inspiring to see her passion and I hope she enjoyed her time in Olympia.”
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. Enkhbaatar proposed legislation requiring police to wear body cameras.
“I really enjoyed mock,” Enkhbaatar said. “You get to fully understand the process of lawmaking.”
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.
Enkhbaatar encourages her peers to take advantage of this opportunity while they still can and apply early to make sure they can reserve a spot.
“This is a great experience,” Enkhbaatar said. “It is educational, yet so fun.”
Enkhbaatar is in the 11th grade at Juanita High School. She is looking forward to sharing her experience with her friends and family.