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United States Senate Youth Program 2023

Dec 8 2022, 3:32 PM

The Vermont Principals’ Association is proud to officially announce Vermont’s 2023
United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) delegates. Annually, two students from every
state are selected for a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid week long trip to
Washington D.C. While at the capitol, students learn about the inner workings of the federal
government. They meet with members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidential
Administration. All high achieving juniors and seniors in Vermont high schools with interest in
leadership, politics, law, and government are encouraged to apply. The scholarship and
program are funded by the Hearst Foundation.
This year’s delegates for Vermont are Maddie Ahmadi and Lauren Solimano.
Maddie is a senior at Essex High School. Lauren is a senior at Rutland High School. Both
delegates submitted excellent application packets, had fantastic academic transcripts, and
evidence of great school and community leadership. Further, Ahmadi and Solimano had very
strong interviews with the VPA’s USSYP Committee, which selects the two delegates to
represent Vermont.

The USSYP Committee is comprised of Meredith Voutras, a retired principal, Rachel
Reynolds, Principal Enosburg Middle School, Greg Schillinger, Principal Rutland High School,
Dan Ryan, a retired principal, Beth Hemingway principal of the Alburgh Community Education
Center and Jay Nichols, Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association.
The VPA, the United States Senate Youth Program, and the USSYP Committee all
encourage Vermont students who will be in their junior or senior years, and hold an elected or
appointed school or community position, to apply for this distinguished scholarship and
opportunity next year. Completed applications for next year are due by October 23, 2023. For
more information please visit


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