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December 2, 2013

Two Oregon Students Selected for Senate Youth Program

Oregon high schoolers head to Washington D.C. and receive college scholarship

(Salem, Ore.)
–Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced the names of Oregon’s two representatives for the United States Senate Youth Program . The program, which has been in existence since 1962, provides two students from each state an opportunity to experience national government in action. Outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service are selected to spend a week in Washington D.C., all-expenses-paid. In addition, each student will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Oregon’s 2014 Senate Youth delegates are: Max Denning from Parkrose High School and Molly Olsen from McMinnville High School.

“I want to congratulate Max and Molly for this well-deserved recognition,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “These two young people have demonstrated an incredible level of commitment to their schools and communities through leadership and service. This opportunity will help them take their leadership skills and passion for our political process to the next level. I wish them both all the best both in Washington D.C. and in all that lies ahead.”

Max Denning has been involved in student government activities since his freshman year. Now a senior at Parkrose High School, he serves as student body president, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and captain of the mock trial, football, and baseball teams. He also served as the state president of the Oregon Association of Student Councils. His experiences in school government sparked a passion for politics and he plans to major in political science when he enters college next fall.

“I have a passion for education and social justice,” said Mr. Denning. “I am striving to someday be in a position where I can promote equality in education and the social class structure.”

Molly Olsen is a senior at McMinnville High School where she is active in student government, school sports, and community service. She served as the class president her freshman and sophomore years and is currently a senior class representative. She is the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, president of the Key Club, and active in a number of other community service organizations. She is the captain of the volleyball team and has played volleyball, basketball, and tennis all four years of high school.

“Next year, I plan on attending Vanderbilt University where I will study biology and be involved in student government,” said Ms. Olsen. “After completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school and eventually go into the medical field.”

Molly Olsen and Max Denning will attend a week-long government and leadership education program in Washington D.C. in March, 2014. They will attend 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 alternates were also selected for the this program. This year’s alternates are Chelsey Luiz from Roseburg High School and Christopher Mudder from Thurston High School.

To learn more about the United States Senate Youth Program, go to: http://www.hearstfdn.org/ussyp/ or visit the Oregon program page at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1496.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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