Morrison nominated for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Morrison nominated for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Patrick Morrison, a junior at Wakonda High School, was nominated to be a delegate for South Dakota in the U.S. Senate Youth Program. The program is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation will pay all expenses for Morrison's week-long stay in Washington, DC including transportation, hotel, and meals.

A $5,000 scholarship is made available to each delegate on the trip; a scholarship for an alternate will also be made.

An estimated 104 students, including two from each state, are chosen as delegates because of their leadership roles in and out of school. Delegates also must write an essay and send it to the Department of Education.

The delegates are immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay, including visits to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. Delegates hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, and officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments.

"If I am a chosen delegate, I will learn about the inner workings of our government and learn to be a better citizen," said Morrison, "I'm really interested in the national government because I really enjoy being able to know what is happening in our nation and it really helps me in classes such as AP History."

AP History is a college course being offered over the V-Tel. When asked who motivated his interest in government he replied, "Teachers such as Mrs. Huber, Mr. Jeff Walz, my AP History teacher, and Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson." If selected to go to Washington, Morrison hopes to tour the Capitol, watch the U.S. Senate sessions, and if possible go to the White House.

When asked why he wanted to go, Morrison replied, "I will go to accomplish my goals and to help educate youth on being a good citizen as well as to become more educated about politics, and to be able to take what I learned and educate my peers."

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