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News Release - Hammond Names U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

Dec. 16, 2011

News Release

Education Commissioner names Lakewood, Castle Rock students as U.S. Senate Youth Program delegates

Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today announced the appointments of Amanda Patarino from Lakewood High School in Lakewood and Jacob Walden from Castle View High School in Castle Rock as the Colorado delegates to the 50th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Patarino is a senior at Lakewood High School and is in the top 2 percent of her senior class. She serves as a student body representative on the Colorado Youth Advisory Council and is involved in other activities including National Honor Society, Key Club, Outdoor Education Lab, Girl Scouts and various volunteer efforts. Patarino plans to study public policy and political science with the goal of serving as an elected official or in the public sector.

Jacob Walden is a senior at Castle View High School and is ranked first in his senior class. He serves as National Honor Society president, and is involved in other activities such as: speech and debate, Technology Students’ Association, UNICEF, World Language National Honor Society and Boy Scouts. Walden plans to pursue law or economics, followed by a doctorate in international business or law. Walden’s end goal is a career at the United Nations, State Department or in the Judicial Branch.

Chosen as alternates to the 2012 program are Anthony Simone, a resident of Granby who attends Middle Park High School and Genevieve Roth, a resident of Broomfield who attends Holy Family High School.

Selection for the U.S. Senate Youth Program is based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office, in addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work.

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Two delegates are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The student leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., from March 3-10, 2012, for a week of intensive study of the federal government and, in particular, the U.S. Senate. The operations of the Senate will be particularly emphasized during the week. As in past years, arrangements are underway for the delegates to meet with leading cabinet members, a Supreme Court justice and several key congressional policy makers.

Each of the 104 delegates will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. This scholarship, in addition to the program week in Washington, D.C., is made possible by a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. All transportation, meals and accommodations are also provided. No government funds are utilized for the program.

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