2014 United States Senate Youth Program Students Selected
Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the names of the two New York students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Benjamin Chasan of Plainview and Priscilla Guo of Forest Hills were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 52nd annual Washington Week.
Benjamin Chasan attends Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and serves as the Student Body president. He is also president of his school’s Law Club and serves on the executive board of the Teens as Leaders community service club. He is a member of the National, Science, Spanish and Business Honor Societies, and has taken college level courses at Georgetown University. He has served as an intern for legislators in the Nassau County Legislature and New York State Assembly, and was a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge national finalist. Benjamin is interested in law and government.
Priscilla Guo attends Hunter College High School and was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as a high school representative on the New York City Youth Board. She works with Commissioner Mullgrav to advise the Department of Youth and Community Development for youth programs. Priscilla is president and founder of the Girl Up and UNICEF clubs, president of the Science Club, and a volunteer at the Dominico-American Society of Queens. Priscilla wants to be a senator for the state of New York.
Chosen as alternates to the 2014 program were Benjamin Reytblat, a resident of Staten Island, who attends Staten Island Technical High School and Sally Yi, a resident of Williamsville, who attends Williamsville East High School.
Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each of the 104 student delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations, as stipulated in S.Res.324; no government funds are utilized.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Dr. John King, Commissioner of Education.