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Linn-Mar student chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program

MARION, Iowa (KWWL) – The Iowa Department of Education has announced the two high school seniors who have been selected to represent the state in the 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program, and a Linn-Mar student is one of them.

Kevin Drahos will be one in the 104-member delegation that will converge in the nation’s capital March 2-9, 2019.  The USSYP was established in 1962 and gives young students a week-long look into politics in America.

According to the Department of Education, the delegates will attend meetings with President Trump, a justice of the Supreme Court, senators and members of Congress, among others.  And there is a strong Iowa connection to this year’s program, as Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is one of the senate co-chairs for the advisory committee.

Also chosen was James Meng, a senior at Valley High School in West Des Moines.  The two were selected by a committee within the state’s education department.  “Leadership qualities, a strong commitment to volunteer work, and a top 1% academic ranking among Iowa’s high school juniors and seniors” are some of the top criteria considered, according to the department.

Two alternates were also selected:  Tyler Juffernbruch from Indianola High School and Fez Zafar from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.

Visit the USSYP’s website for more information here.

Congratulations to Kevin and James from KWWL on this accomplishment, and good luck in Washington.


Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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