By Caleb Youngblood, Public Relations Coordinator
December 12, 2023
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science senior, Iris Xue, has been selected to attend the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two outstanding high school students from each state are chosen to attend this immersive leadership program with the nation’s top government officials. Xue will be awarded a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship and attend the 62nd annual Washington Week in March of 2024.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to have been selected to represent Mississippi as a delegate to this year’s United States Senate Youth Program,” Xue said. “This distinction not only recognizes my commitment to leadership and community involvement throughout high school, but it also, more importantly, offers a unique opportunity to voice our state’s diverse perspectives at Washington Week, engage in critical discussions with delegates and high-level government officials from across our nation, deepen my understanding of public policy and passion for public service, and bring back valuable insights to benefit our state.”
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. This highly competitive program allows for both juniors and seniors to apply. The two selected student delegates from each state generally rank academically in the top one percent of their state.
“I’ve always been interested in public policy, government, and economics, with a particular focus on exploring these fields’ intersections. I believe representing Mississippi through this program will not only deepen my understanding of these subjects but also further my aspirations of giving back to the generous communities I have had the honor of being a part of.”
The 104 student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense, leaders of other federal agencies and senior members of the national media. The annual Washington Week additionally allows them to participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the President of the United States. Each event will involve an interactive in-depth question and answer session.
“Attending the Annual Senate Reception sounds especially thrilling, as it gives me the opportunity to personally speak with all our U.S. senators. I look forward to spending additional time with Mississippi’s senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, to gain invaluable insights from their experiences serving in public office and representing our state’s hard-working people at the national level.”
To learn more about the United States Senate Youth Program, please visit https://ussenateyouth.org