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OLYMPIA -- Cheyenne McKee of Wenatchee, an 11th-grader at Wenatchee High School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. McKee was one of 20 students who served as Senate pages for the 14th week of the 2019 legislative session.

McKee was sponsored by 12th Legislative District Sen. Brad Hawkins, who serves all of Chelan and Douglas counties, and parts of Grant and Okanogan counties.

"As session draws to a close, the pace really picks up here in Olympia," said Hawkins. "I'm very glad Cheyenne got a chance to see the legislative process up close during an exciting week." The Senate Page Program provides an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working at the Legislature. Students deliver documents and mail and distribute messages. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about the legislative process. They also draft their own bills and participate in a mock session.

McKee's favorite thing about being a page was getting to know the other pages who come from very diverse backgrounds. She enjoyed staying with a host family who housed a total of six pages all at once.

Another one of her favorite parts was participating in the mock committee hearing. It allowed her to gain insight to how state government works. After her week in Olympia, she said she is interested in possibly running for office one day and becoming a voice for constituents. Working as a page showed her that government isn't as scary or intimidating as she once thought. She appreciated how everyone was nice and willing to help.

McKee enjoys speech and debate, snowboarding, and rock climbing. After high school she hopes to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and experience living in another country. She also plans to pursue a degree in psychology or art.

McKee, 16, is the daughter of Kevin and Rosemarie McKee of Wenatchee.

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