South Dakota students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Gina Elmore of Hot Springs and Lane Haskell of Rapid City have been chosen as South Dakota’s delegates to this year’s 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 8-15 in Washington, D.C.
Each year the USSYP, a competitive merit-based program, brings 104 high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Activity — to the nation’s capital. The USSYP is sponsored by the U.S. Senate and funded by the Hearst Foundations. The program is an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall program mission is to help instill within student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.
In addition, the Hearst Foundations provide each student delegate with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
Elmore attends Hot Springs High School and serves as the student body co-president. She is a member of the National Honor Society and South Dakota 4-H Youth Council. She has participated in Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation activities and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. She intends to study environmental engineering and pursue a career in environmental advocacy.
Haskell attends St. Thomas More High School and serves as the student body secretary. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Knowledge Bowl. He wants to study foreign languages and enter a pre-professional program.