|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, February 6, 2002|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106 or Jonathan Palumbo 781-338-3105|
Massachusetts Students Chosen for the United States Senate Youth Program
MALDEN - Two Massachusetts high school juniors have been selected by U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry to serve as state delegates at the 40th United States Senate Youth Program in March. Two seniors were also selected as alternates.
Brody Hale from Lee High School, and Michael Schor from Wayland High School were chosen to be the main delegates. Mr. Hale is the first blind student selected for the honor in the history of the program.
Selected as alternates for the 2002 program are Matthew Gigliotti from Pittsfield High School and Jared Spencer from Marlborough High School.
Senators Kennedy and Kerry congratulated the students on their achievement.
"It is a great tribute to their scholastic and community achievements that Brody and Michael have been chosen as the Massachusetts delegates for this year's program. I congratulate them on this recognition and I extend my best wishes for their continued success in the future," Senator Kennedy said.
Senator Kerry agreed. "Brody and Michael have earned this wonderful honor through their tremendous commitment to their schools, peers, and their communities. Their selection should make their families, friends, and communities very proud."
To be selected for the award, students had to score well on a state and federal government knowledge exam, and complete an interview process by an interview committee. The top 10 in Massachusetts were chosen, and from that group, the two juniors were selected along with two alternates.
Two students from each state were selected as delegates for the program. The group will spend the week of March 2-9 in Washington, D.C. studying the federal government and U.S. Senate. Delegates will also meet with leading cabinet members, a Supreme Court Justice, and several key Congressional policy makers.
Each delegate will also receive a $2,000 college scholarship made possible by a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
"I congratulate each of the students selected to participate in this program," said Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll. "The United States Senate Youth Program recognizes students for their commitment to their schools, families, and communities, and they should be proud of this honor."
For more information on this program visit www.ussenateyouth.org.