Southeast high schools to participate in U. S. Senate Youth Program

    U. S. Senate Youth Program delegates gathered at White House in previous year

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Two Southeast Alaska students will serve as delegates representing the state during the 60th annual U. S. Senate Youth Program scheduled to be held virtually from March 6 to the 9.

    They are Adelaide Poulson, a senior at Sitka High School, and Braxton Zink, a senior at Ketchikan High School.

    Leiah Kittams of Petersburg and Tahlia Gerger of Juneau were selected as alternates.

    During the online meetings, the delegates will be briefed by President Biden, senators, a Supreme Court justice and leaders of cabinet agencies, and senior members of the national media, among others.

    Poulson served as president of the National Honor Society at Sitka High.  She's also the student body secretary, the senior class vice president, co-president of Youth for Sustainable futures and pep club and co-captain of the girl's cross country team.

    Plans call for her to major in human biology in college and then attend medical school.

    Zink serves as the president of Ketchikan High student body.  He also serves as president of the Ketchikan Youth Court and plans to continue in leadership roles after graduation.

    Each delegate will receive a $10,000 college scholarship from Hearst Foundations.



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