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Student leaders named delegates to youth program


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Phoenix, AZ – Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal today announced that Tyrel London from Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside and Jonathan Coronel from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe have been selected as delegates for the 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The program will be held from March 8-15, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

“I congratulate Tyrel and Jonathan on being selected to represent Arizona as part of this prestigious program,” said Superintendent Huppenthal. “Both have shown strong leadership potential through their involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in public service. I am confident they will be great representatives of Arizona.”

Tyrel London, a senior at Blue Ridge, holds several leadership positions at his school. His largest role has been acting as the founder and president of a nonprofit called The Full and Focused Project. The Project’s mission is to provide underprivileged youths with the tools necessary to help them excel at school by providing them with food over weekend breaks. Tyrel plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Economics/Political Science and Global Leadership.

Jonathan Coronel, a senior at Corona del Sol, is actively involved in several leadership positions at his school. He is Vice President of the Red Kettle Club, which works directly with the Salvation Army, and as part of this position he logged the most volunteer hours his junior year. In the 2008 elections he became interested in government and would like to run for office in the future. Jonathan plans to attend college and focus on Economics and History.

Chosen as alternates for the 2013 program were junior Grant Laufer, who attends Mountain View High School in Mesa, and Anastasia Matiatos, a senior attending Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson.

The USSYP, established by U.S. Senate Resolution in 1962, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

Tyrel and Jonathan will be joining two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity, to spend a week in Washington experiencing our national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundation. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and see our government in action,” continued Huppenthal. “I wish them both a safe, educational, and very exciting trip.”