Anjali Fernandes, a senior at Pattonville High School, has been selected as one of four semifinalists in Missouri to attend the United States Senate Youth Program.
Only two representatives from each state are chosen for this unique educational opportunity. Semifinalists in Missouri are chosen based on nomination forms, student essays and letters of recommendation.
Missouri's representatives will be chosen after an interview with a selection committee in Jefferson City. Semifinalists not chosen as the representatives serve as alternates.
The selections will be announced in early December.
The United States Senate Youth Program is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.
The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 9 through 16, 2013. Student delegates will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. During the week, they will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
All transportation, hotel and meal expenses are provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
Editor's Note: This article was a release from the Pattonville School District.