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Vol. 46, No. 87
December 11, 2012

Missouri Students Selected as Delegates in the U.S. Senate Youth Program

Two Missouri high school seniors have won a week-long, expense-paid trip to our nation’s capital as delegates in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The students will also receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship to the college or university of their choice, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

The 2013 Missouri delegates are:

  • Zachary Bequette, Hallsville High School, Hallsville R-IV School District
  • Anjali Fernandes, Pattonville Senior High School, Pattonville R-III School District, St. Ann

The USSYP will be held March 9-16, 2013 in Washington, D.C., where the Missouri students will assemble with 102 other delegates to learn about the functions of the federal government. The delegates will visit the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court and Pentagon, and will meet with their senators and other national policy makers.

If either of the Missouri delegates is unable to take the trip or receive the scholarship, two alternates have been identified. The alternate delegates are:

  • First alternate: Grant Davis, Fort Osage High School, Fort Osage R-I School District, Independence
  • Second alternate: Sarah Kostoryz, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City

The winners and alternates were chosen from among eight state finalists. A panel consisting of staff from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The Missouri Bar selected the delegates. Nearly 80 juniors or seniors were nominated for the program this year by high school principals from public and nonpublic schools. Nominations were based on school and community leadership, community service and academic achievement.

USSYP was established by the U.S. Senate in 1962 to further educate successful student leaders interested in pursuing a career in public service. Financial support for the program is provided by The Hearst Foundations.

For more information about the Missouri delegates, contact Bill Gerling, social studies director for the Department, at 573-751-0398 or