Paging at the Capitol

By Staff Writer Eliza Esquibel

Graphics by Ian Teodoro

Juniors Lauryn Daniels and Jada Daniels headed to the Washington State Capitol to begin a week-long paging job for the House of Representatives. Every day, from 7:30am-5:00pm, the twins would begin running errands for the staff members working in the House. They had several supervisors who would assign them missions requested by the employees. Jada Daniels and Lauryn Daniels walked all around the Capitol, delivering mail and other supplies to staff members’ offices. “I even delivered a fancy grapefruit to one of the Representatives, Mr. Berquest, almost every morning,” said Lauryn Daniels. For the twins, delivering was an adventure because there were so many opportunities to get lost in the legislative buildings. They also distributed amendments and notes between the Representatives on the House floor and presented the flag during the session. “Delivering stuff was fun because all the people are so nice,” said Lauryn Daniels.

At first, Jada and Lauryn Daniels had no idea what paging was or what the job would entail. “I was pretty excited, but I just didn’t know what to expect,” said Jada Daniels. They were fortunate to know someone who could help connect them to the job. ¨We got involved because our dad knows a woman who works in the Capitol with the governor, and she said this would be a cool opportunity for us,¨ said Jada Daniels. She was excited, but nervous, as she did not know what to expect. However, the two attended and orientation day prior to starting, which made her feel more comfortable. All the supervisors were very understanding and helpful, according to Jada Daniels.      

At the end of the week, the two felt the job was very worthwhile, despite missing several school days and acquiring quite a bit of homework. They really enjoyed getting to know and bond with the other pages, as well as interact with Washington’s lawmakers and government workers. The job was also a memorable learning experience. “I learned more about our government than I have in my schooling before, just learning and being hands on. Actually seeing things happen really helped everything stick,” said Lauryn Daniels. The twins felt that the experience was very positive overall. They would definitely recommend that anyone interested in the government look into this paging opportunity.  

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