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News Release - Colorado students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Dec. 13, 2013

Colorado students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Students will head to Washington, D. C. to receive $5,000 scholarship

Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today announced the names of two students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014, in Washington, D.C. 

Chinmay Pandit of Fort Collins and Tessa Slagle of Rangely were chosen from across the state to be part of a group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s Washington Week.

Chinmay Pandit is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. He currently serves as student body president and treasurer for both National Honor Society and Key Club. After high school, Chinmay plans to pursue economics and public policy for his undergraduate work, followed by a master’s of business  administration.  In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in public service.

Tessa Slagle is a senior at Rangely High School in Rangely. She currently serves as student body president.  Following graduation Tessa plans on pursuing her undergraduate work either as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy or through a degree in political science. She aspires one day to run for an elected office.

Chosen as alternates to the 2014 program were Brandon Lee, of Highlands Ranch, who attends ThunderRidge High School and Julia Vann, of Ouray, who attends Ouray 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 8-15, 2014, for a week of intensive study of the federal government and, in particular, the U.S. Senate. 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.

The Hearst Foundations provides each student delegate with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. 


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