Washington, D.C.- Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7-14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Caitlin Lackey of Pocatello and Amanda Soloman of Kimberly were chosen from students across Idaho to be part of the 104 student delegation who will attend the program’s annual Washington Week.
Caitlin Lackey currently serves as Student Body President at Pocatello High school. In addition, serving as the president of Future Health Professionals, Caitlin plans to major in biology in college then continue her education in medical school and become a neurosurgeon. As an active student and community member, she is involved in Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad’s Youth Advisory Council, attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference and is a varsity athlete at Pocatello High School.
Amanda Solomon attends Kimberly High School and serves her fellow students as the Student Body Historian, as well as secretary for the Idaho State Association of Student Councils. Amanda plans to major in international relations in college with the goal of a career in nonprofit management or public diplomacy. Along with her busy academic schedule, she plays violin and participates in Key Club and National Honor Society. She is a National Merit Semifinalist and received the President's Volunteer Service Award.
“Good ideas often come from bright minds viewing challenges through new eyes,” said Crapo. “As we confront complicated issues, ensuring our nation’s youth have access to valuable firsthand educational opportunities can inspire lasting solutions to national challenges and develop knowledgeable leadership that can strengthen our nation.”
“These two young Idahoans are very deserving of this distinction,” said Risch. “Caitlin’s and Amanda’s leadership at their respective high schools and in their communities is admirable and in the spirit of our great state. I’m proud of their hard work and look forward to welcoming them to Washington, D.C., later this spring.”
During their week in the nation’s capital, the students have the opportunity to 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. They will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums renowned to the District.
In addition to the experience in our nation’s capital, each of the 104 delegates will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The scholarship and program week in Washington, D.C., are made possible through a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. All transportation, meals and accommodations are provided. No government funds are utilized for the program.