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  U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high school students — two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) — during an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Each student also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

To learn more about the program, visit the  U.S. Senate Youth Program website.

For more information concerning participant rules and code of conduct, visit this webpage.                 

The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, 2023. The program may be held online pending public health guidance and status of large group access to the government venues traditionally visited. If held in person, all delegates will be required to be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply. A final decision regarding the in-person program will be determined in the fall of 2022, with adequate time for students to complete the full vaccination series prior to travel. If held online, vaccination status will not be required. Students must attend the program to receive the scholarship. Regardless of platform, all student delegates will partake in a comprehensive, interactive leadership program in the stated timeframe, and each will receive the $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate.

Congratulations to the 2022 United States Senate Youth
Delegates and Alternates

Delegates

 William Rues    Gerrit Dangermond

From left to right:
Delgates:
  • William Rues, LaCrosse High School, LaCrosse USD 395 USSYP Essay
  • Gerrit Dangermond, Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa USD 341 USSYP Essay

Alternates:

  • Kevinh Nguyen, Seaman High School, Seaman USD 345
  • Andrew Phalen, Lawrence High School, Lawrence, USD 497
 
 

Previous Delegates and Alternate Award Winners

2021
Delgates:
  • Sean-Patrick Hurst, Yates Center High School, Woodson USD 366
  • Seth Christopher Jarvis, Burlington High School, Burlington USD 244
Alternates:
  • Charles Birt, Shawnee Mission East High School, Shawnee Mission USD 512
  • Sean Wentling, Derby High School, Derby USD 260
2020
Delegates:
  • Benjamin Posch, Eudora High School USD 491
  • Elizabeth Kim, Manhattan High School USD 229
Alernates:
  • Matthew Inman, Erie High School USD 101
  • Reed Krewson, Blue Valley Southwest High School USD 229 
2019
Delegates:
  • Eli Blaufuss, Newton High School USD 373
  • Benjamin Sawaya, Blue Valley SW High School USD 229
Alternates:
  • Benjamin Suh Jin Willits Posch, Eudora High School USD 491
  • Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, Dodge City High School USD 443
2018
Delegates:
  • Jaron Caffrey, Haven High School USD312
  • Sandhya Ravikumar, Lawrence Free State High USD 497
Alternates:
  • Phillip Pyle, Eudora High School USD 491
  • Benjamin Wright, Abilene High School USD 435
2017
Delegates:
  • John Campbell, Mill Valley High School USD 232
  • Tel Wittmer, Holton High School USD 336
Alternates:
  • Zachary Vega, Wichita High School USD 259
  • Grant Daily, Andover Central High School USD 385
2016
Delegates:
  • Andrew Figueiredo, Wichita High School East USD 259
  • Jared Long, Beloit Jr/Sr High School USD 273
Alternates:
  • Brennan Cummings, Baxter Springs High USD 508
  • Chandler Burrow, Rolla High School USD 217

 

United States Senate Youth Program (Education, leadership, public service)

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Questions about this page contact:

Tamla Miller 
(785) 296-4950
tmiller@ksde.org 

 

 
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