Wichita East High School senior Britt Leake has been selected as one of two Kansas students who will represent the state this spring at the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.
The program, established in 1962, is an intensive, week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Its overall mission is to give delegates a deeper knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.
The program is open annually to two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. In March, delegates will spend a week in the nation’s capital, where they will hear from senators, cabinet members, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and others.
Each appointment also comes with a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
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Leake is a senior in East High’s International Baccalaureate program and serves as president of the National Forensics League. After high school, he plans to further his studies in Arabic and Hindi to prepare for a career in diplomacy or international development.
The second Kansas delegate is Stefan Petrovic, a senior at Lawrence High School.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s Kansas delegates were designated by Brad Neuenswander, interim commissioner of education.