South Carroll Student Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Release Date: 2/5/2009 10:37:08 AM
Nicholas Dahl, a student at South Carroll High School, has been selected as a delegate to the 47th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7-14, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Dahl was chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 47th Annual Washington Week.
The USSYP was created in 1962 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 importance of democratic decision making for America and for people around the world. Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 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.
While in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senate leadership, other Senators, and Congressional staff, as well as the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of Cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the U.S., and top members of the national media. They also will tour many of the national monuments and several museums.
The mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to help instill within each class of student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, the foundation grants each student delegate a $5,000 college scholarship and encourages them to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs.