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HHS student selected for prestigious Youth Senate Program

01/17/2018

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that Hanford High School senior Eman Ahmed will join Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell in representing Washington in the nation’s capital March 3-10 during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week. Ahmed was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Ahmed serves as the president of the Hanford High School Executive Council. She leads diverse voices to make change for the better in groups such as the Associated Student Body, the United Nations Women’s Club, and the Junior Statesmen of America Club. She plans to major in political science in college and attend law school in order to positively represent and empower the Islamic community, women, and other minorities.

The USSYP was created in 1962 "to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world”. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.

Each year, this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations.

While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.

 

 

For more information please see: www.ussenateyouth.org