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(Dover, DE) – Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Thomas R. Carper have announced the names of two Delaware students who have been selected as delegates to the 47th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held March 7-14, 2009 in Washington D.C. Peter Andrews and Lauren Bleakney, both of Wilmington, have been chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of 104 student delegates from across the country who will attend the annual program.
Peter Andrews is Parliamentarian at Mount Pleasant High School. He served as Executive Chair of Relay for Life, Walk Team Captain of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Reporter for the Technology Student Association, President of the World Affairs Club, and as a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, soccer team, Math League and Academic Bowl. Peter plans to follow a career in law, politics/public service.
Laurent Bleakney is a Senior Council Member at the Charter School of Wilmington. Lauren served as a counselor at the Delaware Nature Society and volunteers at her community dance studio, Latin American Community Center and the Emmanuel Dining Hall. Her extra-curricular activities include Co-President of the Canon Envirothon Team, Director and General Manager of the Drama Club, Senior Council, Vice President of the French Club and a member of the Model United Nations. Lauren plans to attend Georgetown University or Yale University to become a diplomat and/or lawyer.
Chosen as alternates to the 2009 program were Julie Hughes, a resident of Millsboro, who attends Sussex Central High School and Matthew Marshall, a resident of Wilmington, who attends Cab Calloway School of the Arts.
The chief education officer in each state selects the delegates after nominations by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated former Secretary of Education Valerie A. Woodruff.
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundation since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected an appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”
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