Gold Bar teen gets first-hand view of legislative process
Winter Kartak, a junior at Sky Valley Education Center, Monroe, recently served as a page in the Washington House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish.
Following her first day of orientation, Winter and 15 other legislative pages spent the week performing various tasks to help legislators, including running errands.
Winter served during the first week of the 2011 legislative session, which began Jan. 10. As a page, she was granted access to the wings of the House and Senate floors where she witnessed the opening ceremonies at ground-level view and stood within feet of legislative members as they listened to the governor's state of the state address. The wings of the floor are normally open only to members, staff, pages and invited guests.
In school, Winter enjoys her robotics, electronics and computers class, as well as a course in psychology. She splits her time attending Sky Valley for a half day and the other half at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center in Everett. Next year, she plans to be involved in Running Start as she finishes her high school education. For her future, Winter is contemplating the possibility of becoming a high school English teacher.
Winter is the 16-year-old daughter of Michael and Kathryn Kartak. She and her family reside in Gold Bar.
PHOTO: Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, with legislative page Winter Kartak of Gold Bar.
###Washington State House Republican Communications