Jan. 9, 2015
Colorado students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Students headed to Washington, D.C. to receive $5,000 scholarship
Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program that will be held March 7 – 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Brandon Lee of Highlands Ranch and Serene Singh of Colorado Springs were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.
Brandon Lee is a senior at ThunderRidge High School (Douglas County School District) and serves as the executive representative for the Colorado Association of Student Councils. He is ranked first in his class and is involved in multiple activities including All-State Orchestra, football, track, Boy Scouts and community service. Following graduation, Brandon plans to study public health and political science. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in public service and represent Asian-American immigrants.
Serene Singh is a senior at Rampart High School (Academy School District 20)and serves as the senior class president. She is vice co-chair for the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, a head-editor in video broadcasting, a National Honor Society officer and a Bhangra dance teacher. She has won a National Championship, two State Championships and district titles in Speech and Debate. She was the runner-up for Miss Teen Colorado. Following graduation, Serene plans to pursue her undergraduate work with a double major in pre-law and political science. Ultimately, she aspires to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chosen as alternates to the 2015 program were Andra Turner, a resident of Evans, who attends Greeley West High School ((Greeley-Evans School District 6) and Marizza Mitchell, a resident of Pueblo, who attends East High School (Pueblo City Schools).
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with members of Congress and their staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the U.S. and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums, and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
The mission of the program is to help instill within each class of student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates generally rank academically in the top 1 percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.