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Washington Week: How You Could Go to DC to Learn How It All Works

WASHINGTON, D.C.–IF you are a Mississippi high school student with good grades and a heart and passion for public service, then you might want to take your senator’s advice and sign up for Washington Week.

Senators Wicker and Cochran encouraged eligible juniors and seniors to apply this week. The deadline to get your application in is Sept. 30.

Only two Mississippi students will be accepted.

Those two will represent the state at the 53rd annual USSYP Washington Week, March 7-14, 2015.  You must be involved in student government at public or private schools are eligible for the week-long program.  The selection process is based, in part, on academic achievement, leadership capabilities and public service.

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program offers students an excellent opportunity to learn more about our government, public service and leadership,” said Cochran.  “I look forward to a broad selection of Mississippi youth applying to represent our state in this prestigious program.”

“Visiting our nation’s capital is one of the best ways to learn firsthand about our government,” said Wicker.  “This exceptional program gives Mississippi students an opportunity to meet with influential leaders and build valuable skills for potential careers in public service.  I encourage all eligible students to apply for this unique educational experience.”

About the program-this is from a news release and has the info you need:

The Hearst Foundation, which fully funds and administers the USSYP, will provide each of the 104 delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and a trip to Washington.  The program was established by the U.S. Senate in 1962 to expose student leaders to the federal government and the U.S. Senate.

While in the nation’s capital, the selected Mississippi students will join delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.  The USSYP Washington Week program includes meetings with a Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senators, cabinet secretaries and other policy makers.

Mississippi’s 2014 Senate Youth Program delegates were Luke Kelly of Moss Point and John Kyle of Nesbit.

Interested students may visit to access a 2015 USSYP brochure outlining the rules and selection process information.  Students may also contact their high school principal or Mississippi’s state-level selection administrator:

Cecily McNair

Director, Mississippi Teacher Center

P.O. Box 771

Jackson, Miss. 39205

(601) 359-3631

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