Congratulations to Blake McGhghy from Keokuk High School, on being selected as one of the two delegates from Iowa to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program is designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life. Each year two Iowa students have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. The William Randolph Heart Foundation pays all expenses. In addition, the two Iowa high school representatives each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The other Iowa student is Scott Syroka, Johnston Community School District.
“I am extremely excited to attend the USSYP 2012. I have never been to Washington D.C., but I know this experience will be something that I will remember for a lifetime,” commented McGhghy. “I am so grateful for the Hearst Foundation’s support of this program, and for those who made the selection. Meeting today’s top leaders, as well as the future’s, while experiencing America’s most famous landmarks, monuments, and museums will be a culmination of my great study and interest in US government and history, which have been fostered over the past few years.”
McGhghy received a qualifying test score at Great Prairie AEA’s Senate Youth activity in October and his essay was submitted to the Department of Education. Selection of the two Iowa high school representatives is based on the outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership qualities of elected junior and senior high school student officers for the 2011-12 school year. Learn more at http://www.ussenateyouth.org/.