Senate Youth Program
PHS senior selected as system representative to Senate Youth Program
Posted on 09/23/2009
Aaron Morgan, a senior at Pepperell High School, has been selected to represent Floyd County Schools in the United States Senate Youth Program. The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. Morgan will now enter the state competition. Morgan has served as a class officer at Pepperell High; ranks among the top of his class; is an active member of the PHS Key Club; and has taken part in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Toys for Tots, Relay for Life and Can-a-thon. He is a member of the local National Honors Society and serves as historian for the 2009-2010 year. Morgan has served more than 200 hours in community service. After graduation he hopes to gain admission to the University of Georgia where he intends to major in political science. Aaron Morgan was also recently named an AP Scholar. 

The selection process for the Senate Youth Program begins when public and private high school teachers and principals nominate qualified students in early fall. To qualify, students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history and politics. The Floyd County selection is based on grade point average, test scores and school activities. The state administers a test and uses interviews to determine state winners. One student from each congressional district is selected for state interviews. The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection of two delegates and two alternates by December 1 each year. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. 

According to the programs Web site, the mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level.

Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week which generally takes place the first or second week of March. The program for this year will be held March 6-13, 2010

During Washington Week the student delegates meet and learn from the highest level elected and appointed officials in Washington. The delegates attend briefings and meetings with Senators, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, cabinet members, federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media.