Tacoma youths serve as state Senate pages
Zavier Lindsey, from Tacoma, recently completed a week at the state Capitol as a page for the state Senate. She was sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma.
Summer Rettig, a student at Curtis High School, also recently completed working as a page for the state Senate. She was sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma.
Pages are responsible for transporting documents between offices, as well as delivering messages and mail. They spend time in the Senate chamber and learn about parliamentary procedure and legislative processes.
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College Bound enrollment high in Pierce County
More than 30,000 of last year’s eighth-graders enrolled in Washington state’s College Bound Scholarship program, which helps low-income students pay for college.
Eligible students must sign up by June 30 of their eighth-grade year to receive a commitment of future state funding. The program reports that College Bound students have higher graduation rates than low-income peers who don’t enroll.
The state recognizes schools that exceed the state average sign-up rate of 71 percent of eligible students with the Gold Star Award. Pierce County schools receiving the award include Cedarcrest, Frontier and Liberty middle schools in the Bethel School District; Hudtloff, Lochburn and Woodbrook middle schools in the Clover Park School District; North Tapps Middle School in the Dieringer School District; Keithley Middle School in the Franklin Pierce School District; Harbor Ridge and Kopachuck middle schools in the Peninsula School District; and Glacier Middle School in the White River School District.
The following Tacoma schools also earned the award: Baker, Bryant Montessori, First Creek, Giaudrone, Gray, Jason Lee, Mason, Meeker, Stewart, Truman and the Pearl Street Center.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers