Student to Participate in US Senate Youth Program

Lithia Springs High School Student Selected for Prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program
Posted on 12/09/2019

Honor Includes Trip to Washington, $10,000 Scholarship

Brandon Wilson, a senior at Lithia Springs High School, has been selected as one of two students from Georgia for the 58th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing a career in public service.

In March of 2020, two student leaders from each state will spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies. They will also meet with the President and a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel, and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations.

In addition to the week-long experience in the nation’s capital, each student delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

“I am excited about the $10,000 scholarship, but I’m equally excited about the opportunity to meet so many distinguished government leaders and elected officials,” said Brandon. “I’m particularly looking forward to meeting the senators from our state and representing not only Georgia but also Douglas County on this trip.”

With aspirations to hold elected political office down the road, Brandon plans to attend Morehouse College where he will major in business administration with a minor in religion. After college, he would like to work in a major Atlanta business in preparation for a career in politics.

“I am confident that Brandon will accomplish all of his goals,” said Lithia Springs High School Principal Albert Lindsey. “He has provided tremendous leadership during his time in high school, and I know he will continue in leadership positions throughout his life.”

This was Brandon’s second year to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. For the application process, he was required to take a civics test with questions about history, the U.S. Constitution, and government. Those with the highest scores advanced to a phone interview. Brandon was informed of his selection on December 2.

Brandon currently serves as chair of the Douglas County Youth Commission, a program dedicated to educating young citizens about the importance of being actively conscious of their local government and the opportunities available in the public sector. Participants meet monthly at the Douglas County Courthouse. Past activities have included meeting with judges, attending government meetings, and performing community service. They also plan to help with the 2020 census.

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