|Pattonville senior visits White House and U.S. president|
|Thursday, March 16, 2017|
Pattonville High School senior Keturah Gadson was one of two Missouri students selected as delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program. As a result of this distinction, Gadson was invited to visit the White House, where she met President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Both posted Tweets commemorating the occasion.
Only about 100 students are selected nationwide each year to participate in this week-long government and leadership education program and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Participants are chosen through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.
The U.S. Senate created USSYP program by resolution in 1962 to provide an opportunity for talented youth who have demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The program enables students to interact with the highest-level officials from each branch of government during this intensive week. Student delegates 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.
Two high school juniors or seniors are selected from each of the fifty states, the District of
Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) overseas to attend. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations.