Two West Virginia Students Appointed to U.S. Senate Youth Program

December 27, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Senators Robert C. Byrd and John D. Rockefeller, IV have announced the appointments of Daniel Barbero and Kaitlin Irvine as the West Virginia delegates to the 44th Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. The state's high school delegates were named by Dr. Steve Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  

Daniel Barbero a resident of Morgantown, Monongalia County, is the elected representative to the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts Advisory Council at Morgantown High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a Golden Horseshoe Winner, a one year assistant to a delegate of the WV House of Delegates, page in the WV House of Delegates and a member of the Science Honorary. Daniel volunteers extensively for Habitat for Humanity and served as interpreter and general assistant on a Guatemala trip in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders.  

Kaitlin Irvine a resident of Inwood, Berkeley County, has served as a page in the West Virginia Legislature while attending Musselman High School. She is extremely active in many organizations of her school, community and state. She serves as president of French club, WAPLE announcer, captain of ACE (Academic Competitions for Excellence) and a recipient of the Berkeley County Schools Scholarship. Kaitlin also enjoys her volunteer work with the Red Cross, Katrina Relief, NetAid Global Citizen Corps Field Correspondent-AIDS Day, Special Olympics and Poverty Awareness.  

Chosen as Alternates to the 2006 program were Sarah Parker, a resident of Buckhannon who attends Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Upshur County, and Brandon Hensley a resident of Barboursville who attends Cabell Midland High School in Cabell County.  

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates - two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The student leaders will be in Washington, D.C., from March 411, 2006, for a week of intensive study of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate.  

The operations of the Senate will be particularly stressed during the week. As in past years, arrangements are underway for the delegates to meet with leading cabinet members, a Supreme Court Justice and several key Congressional policy makers.  

Each of the 104 delegates will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. This scholarship, in addition to the program week in Washington, D.C., is made possible by a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. All transportation, meals, and accommodations are also provided. No government funds are utilized for the program.  

For more information about this program, contact Regina Scotchie, Social Studies Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-7805.

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