Addy teen serves as Rep. Maycumber’s page in state House of Representatives

Addy homeschool student Grace Stickney recently served as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session. She was sponsored by 7th District Representative Jacquelin Maycumber.

When she first arrived at the Legislature for the page program, Grace said she was a bit intimidated but soon, “everything made sense.”

She participated in a mock committee and learned how a bill becomes a law.  She was very pleased to have presented a bill with a controversial topic. She said that even though her bill didn't pass, she “liked stirring the pot” to really get an idea of what the views were of the committee.

Grace's bill topic of “Why Parental consent should be necessary for a minor to be granted an abortion,” had 6 yeas and 7 nays out of committee and did not pass.  Grace revealed that she thought she know how things worked in politics but through the page program she realized she has a lot to learn and that “we are all human.” 

This small town eastern Washington homeschool student has big plans for the world and will finish high school next year and immediately start school at Spokane Community College in Colville to work on her Associate's Degree.  After that she will study abroad for a year in Norway to study art and film production before returning to finish her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.   

Grace, aged 16, is the daughter of Lawrence and Polly Stickney from Addy.  When she is not planning her next move, she enjoys reading and writing, typically jotting down observations about herself, quotes from her favorite books, such as Hemmingway and Fitzgerald, and people she finds notable.  She also enjoys photography.

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the Legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 to 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the legislative page program, visit: http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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