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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C., office next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will observe the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up-close view.
For the 1st session - running June 4-June 29 - Murkowski selected Arianna Cocallas, Connor Toohey, Michelle Fernandez and Elizabeth Wheatall of Anchorage; Zachary Veheimer and Elizabeth Whisenhant of Fairbanks; Eva Colberg from Palmer; Bethany Hladick from Unalaska; Ashley Naneng of Bethel and Claressa Ullmayer from Juneau.
Murkowski also welcomes two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer's intern coordinators. Mari Freitag of Ketchikan and Parker Haymans of Anchorage, both former high school interns, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski's staff. Freitag is a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursing a degree in Biochemistry with a minor in political science and justice. Haymans is a senior at the University of Idaho.