Snohomish High School sophomore SusAnna Kerns spent the first week in March helping 39th District Sen. Kirk Pearson keep things in order in Olympia.

Kerns was sponsored by the Monroe senator to serve as page in the Washington Senate, transporting documents between offices, delivering messages and mail, and also learning about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.

“I heard about the program, and it sounded like a lot of fun!” Kerns said in a news release from Pearson’s office. “I’ve really liked watching the voting on the Senate floor, and sometimes the senators will tell us jokes!”

Kerns lives in Monroe with her parents, Jim and Marcee, and two brothers, Jimmy, 7, and Tommy, 21. Her mother works for Kindering, and her father works for Boeing in Everett. Her grandparents, Clay and Paula Lanum, live in Bothell.

The Snohomish High sophomore manages the girl’s basketball team and sings in her choir. Kerns says she would like to one day teach English and history, two subjects she loves, in a high school setting.

“When I was five, I used to set up my stuffed animals in rows and teach them like a little class!” Kerns said.

Students interested in the Senate Page Program can visit