Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton announced Wednesday Robert "Christian" Parker of Fort Smith and Shreya Majagi of Rogers will be the Arkansas delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held March 4-11 in Washington.
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. The purpose of the program 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."
Each year this competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it.
In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provides each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations.
Parker is a senior and student body president at Southside High School. He attended Boys State and is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Arkansas all-region and all-state bands, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, the German National Honor Society and National Business Honor Society. He volunteers for the Salvation Army, Angel Tree, First United Methodist church, Sebastian County Humane Society, county clean-up, Next Step Day Room food kitchen and the Children’s Emergency Shelter. He founded and maintains a rock band named Carrier and intends to further his passion for political science and economics in college and law school. He is the son of Renee and Kyle Parker of Fort Smith.
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