Grissom High Student Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Sydney Ross, a senior at Grissom High School, will be one of only two Alabama delegates to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) for 2017.  Ross will spend the week of March 4-17, 2017 in our nation’s capital to hear from senators, cabinet members, federal agencies, along with participating in a meeting with the U.S. Supreme Court and the President of the United States.  She will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from every state and the District of Columbia for the program.  Students are nominated by their teacher or principal, and must demonstrate an aptitude in government, history, and politics, as well as hold a student government or similar position at their school or in their community.  Each state selects their two senate representatives for the USSYP based on student merit.  The entire project is funded by the Hearst Foundation, which covers all expenses for program and the week-long trip. 

Ross says she is honored to be selected and looks forward to the opportunity to spend time with her peers from around the country who share her love of politics.   The United States Senate Youth Program was established by a U.S. Senate Resolution in 1962, to provide high school students interested in a public service career an enriching educational experience.

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