West Virginia Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

January 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -  Senators John D. Rockefeller, IV and Joe Manchin III announced the names of the two West Virginia students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Adrienne Arnold of Charleston and Dominic Raymond of Morgantown were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s annual Washington Week.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and 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.”


Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of 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. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each of the 104 student delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations, as stipulated in S.Res.324; no government funds are utilized.


Adrienne Arnold is a senior at George Washington High School. She serves as a Student Council representative and is also involved in Beta Club, cross country, Key Club, the Junior Civitans, and the Baking Club. Adrienne’s interests are varied much like her career goals. She definitely plans on going to college but the choice between environmental scientist and political analyst is still up in the air; she may just decide to do both.


Dominic Raymond is a junior at Trinity Christian School and serves as the Student Council vice president. He leads the Anti-Bullying Campaign in his school and also participates on both the golf and basketball teams. Dominic’s career goal is to make the world a better place and give back to his community. He feels he can obtain this goal with a career in law, health sciences, or both.


Chosen as alternates to the 2014 program were Ellen Henthorn, a resident of Lewisburg, who attends Greenbrier East High School and Morgan King, a resident of Charleston, who attends Capital High School.


The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Dr. James Phares, State Superintendent of Schools.


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. 


For more information, please contact Robert Wiseman at (304)558-5325 x 53220 or rjwisema@access.k12.wv.us or the Communications Office at (304)558-2699.


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