01.08.15

Isakson, Perdue Announce Georgia Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today announced that two Georgia students have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7 through 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Kylon Harris of Americus, Ga., and Jacob Pierce of Conley, Ga., were chosen to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.

While in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators, House representatives, 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. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums.

“The selection of Kylon Harris and Jacob Pierce to represent Georgia in the Senate Youth Program speaks volumes about their character and commitment to service,” said Senator Isakson. “They set a positive example for their peers, and I looking forward to welcoming Kylon and Jacob to Washington during their trip.”

“It’s easy to be proud to be from Georgia, but Kylon Harris and Jacob Pierce make it even easier,” said Senator Perdue. “Their dedication to both their schools and their communities are truly impressive, and I am excited to meet them when they come to Washington on behalf of all Georgia students.”

Kylon Harris, a senior at Americus-Sumter County High School, in Americus, Ga., is a member of the National Senior Beta Club and serves as the president of the Student Government Association. In addition to a rigorous advanced placement and honors curriculum, he is also dual enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University. His leadership positions include serving as a JROTC executive officer and serving on the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet for more than four years. Kylon will attend Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., on a four-year full tuition leadership scholarship. He plans to major in education prior to pursuing a professional law degree.

Jacob Pierce attends Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Ga., and serves as the student body president and as a member of the DeKalb Student Advisory Committee. Jacob is involved with many clubs within his school, including National Honors Society, Beta Club and a peer mentoring program, Each One Reach One, which he co-founded. Additionally, he has served as a student representative to the DeKalb School Board. He was also a member of Druid Hills’ school improvement team, and participated in the Georgia Governor’s Honors program. Jacob hopes to attend Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and after graduating with a degree in public policy or economics, he plans to start his career in public service locally.

Chosen as alternates to the 2015 program were Kayla Evans, a resident of Douglasville, Ga., who attends Douglas County High School and Britton Edelen, a resident of Athens, Ga., who attends Oconee County High School.

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Dr. John D. Barge, former state superintendent of schools.

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP 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. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; no government funds are utilized.

The USSYP was created by S.Res.324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. 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.

 

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