Students serve as legislative pages

Federal Way students served during this year’s session of the Legislature as pages for one week in Olympia.

State Sen. Tracey Eide sponsored Samuel Acuna, Meghan Tavares, Sam Kirsch, Emily Volland, Tanner Weber, Crystal Downs and Keelin Crews. Sean Walker was sponsored by Rep. Maryann Mitchell.

Acuna, 14, a ninth-grader at Sacajawea Junior High School, is the son of Cesar and Shelby Acuna. He is a class representative and an honor society member, and active in Boy Scouts, leadership class and church activities. He enjoys football, wrestling, playing the piano and the saxophone.

Tavares, 15, a ninth-grader at Saghalie Junior High School, is the daughter of Tammy Tavares and Matthew Tavares. She is a member of National Junior Honor Society, and enjoys track, reading, Bujutsu (karate) and writing.

Kirsch, 14, a ninth-grader at Illahee Junior High School, is the son of James L. Kirsch and Sallie Kirsch. Sam is an Eagle Scout, a percussionist in the school’s award-winning jazz band, an Honor Society member and a varsity wrestler.

Volland, 15, a ninth-grader at Christian Faith Center, is the daughter of Ron and Barbara Volland of Auburn. She is active in competitive figure skating, cheerleading, honor society and outreach ministries.

Weber, 14, a ninth-grader at Sacajawea Junior High, is the son of Dick Weber and Nancy Moulton. He participates in football, basketball, baseball, skating and youth group.

Downs, 15, a ninth-grader at Sacajawea Junior High, is the daughter of Yvette Downs. She participates in volleyball and photography.

Crews, 15, a ninth-grader at Sacajawea Junior High, is the daughter of Richard and Patience Curtis. She is captain of the gymnastics team. She also participates in cheerleading, snowboarding, skiing and playing the piano and flute.

Walker, an eighth grader at St. Vincent de Paul School, is the son of Brian and Beverly Walker.

Each year approximately 280 students from throughout Washington, ages 14 to 16, serve as legislative pages. The students keep up with their school work while learning about the Legislature. Pages provide assistance to lawmakers by delivering messages to the floor of the House and Senate, and taking documents to various locations on the capitol campus.

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