Local teen travels to D.C. for youth program

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By Tom Hanlon and Katherine Wang

From March 7-14, local teen Deanna Gutierrez took an all-expense-paid-trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program.  (USSYP)hosted 104 students from around the nation including two students from every state, two from the District of Columbia, and two from the Department of Defense Education Activity.
USSYP is a leadership program that provides the opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in public service to meet senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices and the president of the United States to further develop and explore their interests in government work.
Specifically, the program was designed to increase teen understanding of the interactions and relationships between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government.
Additionally, students are granted a $5,000 scholarship by the Hearst Foundation to pursue undergraduate education with a focus in political science and American history.
The selection process starts when teachers from public or private schools nominate qualified students.
To be eligible, students must hold some form of elected office or student body position in their school or community while showing an interest in government, history and politics.

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