Juneau-Douglas High School's Bianca Eagan (center) with her parents, Cynthia Horwitz and Sean Eagan, is recognized by the Juneau School District Board of Education in the JDHS Library. Eagan was selected for the prestigi
Washington, DC (KINY) The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school student Ms. Bianca Violet Eagan will join Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Daniel Sullivan in representing Alaska in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 3 — 10, 2018.
Eagan was selected from among the state's top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Eagan plans to attend Brown University. She is one of only two students in Alaska who qualified.
Bianca Eagan attends Juneau-Douglas High School and serves as the Student Body president. Bianca is also editor in chief of the school yearbook and a National Honor Society peer mentor. She has worked on a number of initiatives to promote gender equality and project-based learning in her school. Bianca does not have firm plans for her future, but is sure it will include leadership in her community.
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is "to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world."
More from News of the North
20-percent of Alaskan schools need help
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) A new accountability system found one in five Alaskan schools need additional support.
Tazlina to start in May
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Alaska Marine Highway System predicts the Tazlina will operate in the Lynn Canal.
Von Bargen: A population drop in Wrangell?
Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Wrangell has received the annual state population determination for the community from the Division of Community & Regional Affairs.
Petersburg Assembly will look to buy a new baler
Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) - The Petersburg Borough Assembly will meet Tuesday in open session.
Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT
Kansas City, Mo (AP) - The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's brilliance.
Capital Transit shifts to winter routes today
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital Transit is implementing winter route changes until midnight tonight.
Juneau football, other teams name new mascot
Juneau, Alaska (AP) - High school athletic teams here in Juneau are getting a new mascot for three sports.
Traffic crash claims life in Palmer
Palmer, Alaska (KINY) A 75 year old female died in a multi vehicle crash.
Man kills polar bear outside animals' normal range
Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) - A northeast Alaska man says he fatally shot a polar bear far south of the animal's usual habitat.
Sen. Murkowski works over weekend on Trump border plan
Washington, D.C. (KINY) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Saturday and made a statement about the proposed border wall funding.
Anxiety in Anchorage as endless aftershocks rattle residents
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - There have been more than 7,800 aftershocks since the main earthquake struck 7 miles north of Anchorage.
Food bank will open doors to federal employees
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Southeast Alaska Food Bank will open its doors Monday for furloughed federal government workers.