Mikulski Meets with Students Selected to Represent Maryland in U.S. Senate Youth Program (PHOTOS)
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski recently met with students from Howard and Montgomery Counties representing Maryland as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) which was held March 7 – 14 in Washington, D.C.
Matthew Keating of Clarksville in Howard County and Richard Yarrow of Bethesda in Montgomery County were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates attending the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.
“I’m proud to salute Maryland high school students Matthew Keating and Richard Yarrow, who have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to public service as they continue their studies,” Senator Mikulski said. “These young people are Maryland’s future leaders. The United States Senate Youth Program lets them see first-hand how our government works and prepare them to take up the challenge of making the world a safer, stronger and smarter place to live.”
Richard Yarrow attends Richard Montgomery High School and serves as the president of his regional student government, representing 45,000 high school students. According to a news release, Richard thrives academically while remaining actively involved in his community, including service as co-president of the Environmental Club, as co-editor-in-chief of Montgomery County’s countywide student newspaper, and as the first student to become an officer in the 50,000-member countywide PTSA. Richard’s political career began in middle school when he was elected student government president.
Matthew Keating attends Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland where he is vice president of the Student Government Association. He worked as a youth outreach coordinator for the Maryland Democratic Party during the midterm elections, and currently serves as the national director of High School Programs for the Young Democrats of America. This fall, he was sponsored by the Council of Europe to attend the World Forum for Democracy in France, where he led a seminar on youth engagement in electoral politics. He hopes to pursue a career in International Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Since its creation in 1962, 104 students from around the country are selected to attend the program with the goal of “increasing their understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”
In addition to the program week, each of the 104 student delegates is awarded a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.