CHEYENNE – Senators Michael B. Enzi and John Barrasso have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which takes place March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.
Eben Cowger of Upton and Elizabeth Winnop of Sheridan 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.
Eben is a senior at Upton High School and serves as the Senior Class treasurer/secretary. He was a Boys State delegate and attended Close-Up. He is the vice president of both the Upton Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and Upton National Honors Society chapter. He has received recognition in state FFA competitions along with the State Agriscience Fair where he made it to the national finals. Outside of school, Eben enjoys riding and maintaining dirt bikes. He plans to pursue a career in criminal justice, the military, or government.
Elizabeth is a senior at Sheridan High School, and has been involved in Student Council for the past three years. She has served as vice president, president, and class representative. She was a member of the We the People state championship team from Sheridan, and has participated in Wyoming Girls’ State and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp. Elizabeth is also a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. She rounds out her time with Honor Choir, Honor Society, volunteering, youth group, and church functions, working as a tour guide at the Brinton Museum and competitive figure skating.
Chosen as alternates to the 2015 program were Alondra Grover, a resident of Pinedale, who attends Pinedale High School and Emily Teter, a resident of Wheatland, who attends Wheatland High School.
WDE Superintendent Jillian Balow congratulates the students and said they “represent the best and brightest Wyoming has to offer.”
Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with Senators, House Representatives and Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.’
In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provides each student with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs.
About the Program
The United States Senate Youth Program is an excellent opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to deepen their knowledge of the Senate and the federal government overall, as well as receive a one-time five thousand dollar college scholarship to the undergraduate college of their choice. Begun in 1962 through Senate Resolution, the program is sponsored by the Senate each year to encourage high school students to pursue careers in public service.
Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week, a week-long educational program that takes place in Washington, D.C. Public and private high school teachers and principals nominate qualified students beginning in early fall.
To qualify students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history and politics. The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection by December 1. The program is merit-based and highly competitive and the chosen delegates are consistently outstanding. For more information, please go to: www.ussenateyouth.org.