The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the two Maine delegates for the 2013 United States Senate Youth Program:
Jackson Beck - South Portland High School
Thomas Poblador - Noble High School
To read more about the finals held in November, read the article in the DOE Newsroom.
Application materials and information for the 2014 United States Senate Youth Program will be posted in August 2013.
The 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 9-16, 2013.
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, D.C. experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by the Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students are permanent residents of the United States and one of their parents or guardians is a legal resident of Maine
- Students are juniors or seniors in a Maine public or approved private secondary school
- Students must have been elected or appointed to one of the following posts for the 2012-2013 school year:
- Member or officer of student council, student senate, or equivalent student government organization
- Class officer – president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
- Student representative on a district, regional or state-level civic and/or educational organization
August 30, 2012: Informational packets and specific instructions mailed to high school principals and headmasters. Students should contact their administrator to make arrangements to take the qualifying test. The test is designed to assess student understanding of U.S. government, the U.S. Constitution, and current political events.
October 15, 2012: Deadline for principals and headmasters to submit the names and test results of the top two candidates to Kristie Littlefield, USSYP Coordinator
October 22, 2012: The top ten candidates from the statewide pool of applicants will be notified
November 1, 2012: The ten finalists will convene in Augusta for interviews with a selection committee
December 2012: In early December the two finalists and two alternates will be announced
Kristie Littlefield, Social Studies Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333