Feb. 20, 2013



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Two South Dakota students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Congratulations to Samantha Beck of Pierre and Elizabeth Renner of Crooks, who were chosen to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the United States Senate Youth Program’s 51st annual Washington Week, March 9 -16.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. The impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

While in Washington the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senators and Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and top members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

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. Now more than 5,000 strong, alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service.

Chosen as alternates to the 2013 program were David Day, a resident of Vermillion, who attends Vermillion High School and Stetson Heirigs, a resident of Aberdeen, who attends Aberdeen Central High School.

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