SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - Two high students from Utah will spend a week in Washington D.C. and get the chance to meet President Trump next month. This opportunity is granted to two students from each state who are selected for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).
Kate De Groote of Salt Lake City and James Madsen of Bountiful were selected from the state's top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation this year. They will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962. The program is sponsored by the Senate and funded by the Hearst Foundation. Officials say the objective of the program is to "increase young Americans' understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally-elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision-making not only for America, but for people around the world."
The students selected will participate in a week-long study of the federal government from March 3 -10. While in Washington D.C., student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the U.S. and senior members of the national media. They will also tour national monuments and museums.
Many alumni members of the USSYP have gone on to become senators, ambassadors, justices, and governors.
More about the Utah delegates
De Groote is a junior at Skyline High School. She is the vice mayor of the West Valley City Youth City Council. She was awarded the 2017 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award in New Orleans last June. De Groote led the" Education 2 Nations" service project to the Navajo and Hopi reservations where she collected and delivered 3,500 books. She also serves in a leadership capacity with a number of school clubs. She hopes to study government and economics at a university in the eastern United States. She plans to one day work for the U.S. government in an overseas capacity.
Madsen is a senior at Bountiful High School. He is the Student Body vice president and awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He says he is passionate about service and has been involved in humanitarian work at the Good Shepherd Orphanage in Ghana, Mothers without Borders organization in Zambia, and Families Building Families in Mexico.
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