Unites States Senate Youth Brochure
Information for studying for the USSYP Public Affairs Exam
The Unites States Senate Youth Scholarship Program is a nationwide youth program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for a brief on-site introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate.
2. Each high school principal may submit two nominations on forms supplied by the Department of Education (DOE). Nominations must be faxed or postmarked no later than September 23, 2016. When DOE receives a nomination, a copy of the Qualifying Examination is sent to the person identified on the form to administer the exam. The test shall be administered under the usual conditions that prevail under testing situations. The test must be returned to the DOE and postmarked no later than October 28, 2016.
3. DOE will select two delegates to represent South Dakota in the Program. Selections will be based on the results of a Qualifying Examination and on demonstrated qualities of leadership. Each state agency must submit the names of their two delegates to the foundation on or before December 1, 2016. A representative of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation will confirm each student's appointment as a delegate with the respective high school principal. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation will notify delegates by sending a letter to their home address.
4. The program is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation will pay all expenses for the Washington week including transportation, hotel, and meals. The foundation will arrange transportation to and from Washington, D.C. It will be a local responsibility to transport each delegate to and from the nearest commercial airport, bus terminal, or railroad station. No tours or side trips will be permitted by individual delegate’s enroute to or from Washington, D.C.
5. The student is required to be actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government offices, civic or educational organizations during the 2016-17 school year:
6. Participation in academic clubs and/or educational competition programs or
conferences do not qualify a student for the USSYP, although many students
who qualify participate in such.
The positions listed below do NOT qualify the student for the program:
• Attendance or officer position at Boys/Girls Nation/State summer conference
• Member of the National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)
• A founder or chair of a self-created group
• A participant or officer in Mock Trial, Model U.N. or other academic club, conference or competition
7. Each delegate must be either a junior or senior student and has not previously been a delegate to the Program.
8. Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides.
9. A $10,000.00 scholarship award is made available to each delegate, subject to requirements and conditions as established by the foundation. A scholarship for each alternate will also be available.
10. Each delegate will be a guest of the United States Senate throughout the program and will be required to conduct himself or herself in such a manner as to reasonably assure that neither the United States Senate nor the Senate Youth Program will be discredited as a result of the conduct of such delegate.
|Amanda Finnegan, Vermillion High School, Delegate||Bridger Gordon, Sturgis Brown High School, Delegate||Hannah Young, Spearfish High School, Alternate 1||Corbin Olson, St. Thomas More High School, Alternate 2|
|Manaal Ali, Harrisburg High School, Delegate||Caroline Moriarty, Roosevelt High School, Delegate||Kyla Oster, Hot Springs High School, Alternate 1||Max Hawkins, Roosevelt High School, Alternate 2|
|Patrick Binder, Yankton High School, Delegate||Gerald Fraas, West Central High School, Delegate||Ryan O’Connell, O’Gorman High School, Alternate 1||Joshua Thurow, Oldham-Ramona High School, Alternate 2|
|Lane Haskell, St. Thomas More High School, Delegate||Gina Elmore, Hot Springs High School, Delegate||Jackson Shriver, Watertown High School, Alternate 1||Lucas Bartl, Mitchell High School, Alternate 2|
|Samantha Beck, T.F. Riggs High School, Delegate||Elizabeth Renner, West Central High School, Delegate||David Day, Vermillion High School, Alternate 1||Stetson Heirigs, Aberdeen Central, Alternate 2|
|James Updike, Rapid City Stevens High School, Delegate||Elise Twohy, St. Thomas More High School, Delegate||Joseph Schartz, West Central High School, Alternate 1||Anthony Husher, Winner High School, Alternate 2|
|Jacob Naasz, Winner High School, Delegate||Samuel Dunkle, Brookings High School, Delegate||Brent Olinger, Bridgewater-Emery High School, Alternate 1||Jacqueline Wilson, St. Thomas More High School, Alternate 2|
|Jeffery Young, Spearfish High School, Delegate||Sarah Day, Vermillion High School, Delegate||Louis Kjerstad, St. Thomas More, Alternate 1||Alex Bordewyk, Madison High School, Alternate 2|
|Nolan Goetzinger, Rapid City, Delegate||McKenzie Jordan, Dakota Dunes, Delegate||Samuel Carlson, Sioux Falls, Alternate 1||Tyler Littau, Carter, Alternate 2|
|Jacob Fuhrman, Aberdeen, Delegate||John Wilson, Rapid City, Delegate||Alik Parry, Brandon, Alternate 1||Landon White, Sioux Falls, Alternate 2|