CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two students from Marion and Kanawha counties have been named U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship winners and will represent West Virginia in Washington, D.C., this spring.
Colin Frosch of Fairmont and Eva Guidarini of Charleston were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 49th annual Washington Week to be held March 5-12. Both students also receive $5,000 scholarships.
Eva Guidarini attends George Washington High School in Charleston, where she serves as governor of the Junior Civitans. In addition, she is a member of the tennis team and Beta Club and involved with various community activities. She plans to study chemical or biochemical engineering and then enter medical school.
Frosch attends Notre Dame Catholic High School in Clarksburg, where he serves on the Student Council. He is a varsity athlete, captain of the soccer team and a charter member of the Quiz Bowl Team. He hopes to pursue a degree in civil engineering while continuing to be active in the community through service, sports and other activities.
Chosen as alternates to the 2011 program were Ryan Zahalka of Morgantown, a student at Morgantown High School, and Zackery Asbury of Accoville, a student at Man High School in Logan County.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. Former state Superintendent Steve Paine named the West Virginia delegates. The winners were announced by U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va. The two West Virginia students will join other delegates from every state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense education system for a week of intensive study of the federal government and the U.S. Senate in particular.
While in Washington the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senate leadership, other 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 also will tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower hotel in downtown Washington.
The leadership program was established in 1962 by Senate Resolution 324. Since then, more than 4,500 students have participated in the program, which is fully funded by the Hearst Foundations. Each student delegate also receives a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. The scholarships, transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are provided by The Hearst Foundations.
Contact Joey Wiseman, social studies coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-7805, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 for more information.
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