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Mississippi students chosen to represent state for Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Two students from Southaven and Hattiesburg were chosen to represent the state at the 55th annual Unites States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) announced that Braeden Foldenauer of Southaven and Cade Slaughter of Hattiesburg have been selected.

The program awards selected participants with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship from the non-profit Hearst Foundation.

“I congratulate Braeden and Cade on their selection to this prestigious program. Their records of community service and academic success indicate they are well-suited to be ambassadors for Mississippi,” Cochran said.

Cochran and wicker are set to meet Foldenauer and Slaughter during the 2017 USSYP Washington Week, March 4-11.

“Congratulations to these two young Mississippians on being selected by the Senate Youth Program to represent Mississippi,” said Wicker. “I look forward to meeting Braeden and Cade in March as they experience our nation’s capitol through this excellent, esteemed program.”

104 students are selected from all over the U.S. to take part in the USSYP Washington Week. Within the program students will be exposed to meetings and briefings with Senators, congressional staff, the President, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and officials from cabinet agencies and diplomatic corps and the media.

Foldenauer is a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, he serves as the Student Government Association vice president and a National Merit Scholarship. He also serves as the president of the Mississippi Model Security Council and as state president of Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.  He is an alumnus of the Telluride Association Summer Program, a summer academic program.

Slaughter, a senior at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hattiesburg, is student body president and senior class vice president.  He also serves as Mu Alpha Theta president, secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America, and plays on the varsity tennis team.  Slaughter attended the Trent Lott Leadership Institute summer program at the University of Mississippi before his senior year.

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