Parascand serves as page for Sen. Drew MacEwen

Carmela Parascand and Sen. Drew MacEwen

OLYMPIA… Carmela Parascand, a 10th-grader at Black Hills High School, recently spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Parascand was one of 32 students who served in the Senate during the Ninth week of the 2024 legislative session.

She was sponsored by 35th Legislative District Sen. Drew MacEwen, who represents Mason, parts of Thurston and Kitsap counties.

“Carmela did an amazing job as a page this week and I am so happy she was able to be a part of this experience and learn first-hand about the legislative process,” said MacEwen.

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, as well as delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock committee.

“I wanted to become a page because I knew I wanted to learn more about the process since I can see myself playing a role in politics someday,” said Parascand. She also stated that her favorite part was being on the Senate floor and having that personal experience.

Parascand, 15, enjoys reading, playing in her school jazz band, as well as competing in both tennis and bowling for her school. Carmela is the daughter of Megan and Matt Parascand.

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