Joshua Hammingh, 14, got to serve as a page with his grandfather Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside.
As of Tuesday, May 2, 2017
OLYMPIA 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford’s grandson, Joshua Hammingh, an eighth grader at Mount Vernon Christian School, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate.
He was one of 30 students who served as Senate pages for the 14th week of the 2017 legislative session.
He was sponsored by his grandfather of Sunnyside.
“I’m so proud to have Joshua page for us,” Honeyford said. “It’s great that I can share this experience with my grandchildren.”
“I’m the ninth grandchild to page,” said Joshua. “It was everything I expected,” Hammingh, 14, said.
He is the son of Henry and Jayne Hammingh of Mount Vernon.
Also, recently serving as a state page was Kimberly Hernandez, a ninth grader from Toppenish High School. She was also sponsored Honeyford.
“I wanted to see if government would be something I’d be interested in doing in the future,” said Kimberly. “I’m glad I did it, it’s been a great experience.”
She enjoys soccer, reading, volleyball and school or church events.
Hernandez, 15, is the daughter of Lucila and Trinidad Hernandez of Toppenish.
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 session.