Jaymin and Brendon DeRuyter, both home-schooled high school students from Zillah, recently spent a week working as pages for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. The brothers were two of 29 students who served as Senate pages for the eighth week of the 2016 legislative session.
They were sponsored by 15th Legislative District Sen. Jim Honeyford, Senate Republican deputy floor leader.
Both brothers participate in Civil Air Patrol where Honeyford is a lieutenant colonel with both the Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and with the Yakima Composite Squadron. Jaymin is ranked as a Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and Brendon ranks as Cadet Chief Master Sergeant.
“I was happy to sponsor both Brendon and Jaymin for this short session. They were a pleasure to have around the office and did important work in their role as pages,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.
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.
“Page school really helps with your speaking skills, like being able to state your opinion to people with sometimes differing views,” said Brendon about what he’s learned during his week at the Capitol. Jaymin added, “This has just been a really fun experience and I would recommend to anyone who is thinking about applying to the program should do it.”
Jaymin enjoys running in track for his local high school and Brendon enjoys playing golf as well as playing with airsoft guns with friends.
Both Jaymin and Brendon play instruments for their local youth group band, playing the guitar and the violin. Jaymin has been playing the guitar for over seven years and Brendon has been playing the violin since he was six years old.
Jaymin plans to one day become a lawyer and Brendon plans on getting into the veterinary program at Washington State University.
Jaymin and Brendon, 16 and 15 respectively, are the sons of Dan and Amber DeRuytor of Zillah.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/