OURAY – Ouray High School junior Julia Vann has been named as an alternate delegate to the 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, to be held March 8-15, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond announced the names of the delegates and alternate delegates to the prestigious program on Friday, Dec. 13. Delegates include Chinmay Pandit of Fort Collins and Tessa Slagle of Rangely. Alternates include Vann, and Brandon Lee of Highlands Ranch.
Pandit and Slagle will be part of a group of 104 student delegates from across the country who will attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week. The student leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., from March 8-15, 2014, for a week of intensive study of the federal government and, in particular, the U.S. Senate. Arrangements are underway for the delegates to meet with leading cabinet members, a Supreme Court justice and several key congressional policy makers.
Selection for the U.S. Senate Youth Program is based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office, in addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates and alternate delegates to the program. Two delegates are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity.