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Georgia Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

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Dale Lyles, state selection administrator, (404) 657-0183,
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Jan. 16, 2012 – Two Georgia high school students have been selected as delegates for the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program.
Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson announced Tuesday that Eric Beeler of Johns Creek and Caitlin Felt of Elberton were chosen to be part of the 104 student delegates nationwide in the program this year. They will visit Washington, D.C., from March 9 to March 16 and will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.
Beeler attends Centennial High School. Felt attends Madison County High School. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.
Each year the 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 program was created in 1962 to increase students’ understanding of and involvement in government. It is sponsored by the U.S. Senate and The Hearst Foundations.
While in Washington the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senators and Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and top members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums.
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