March 06, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Congratulate WV Students Selected for the U.S. Senate Youth Program

Students from Charleston, Morgantown selected for week-long immersion in Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senators Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today congratulated two West Virginia students who were selected as delegates to the 52st Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Adrienne Arnold of Charleston, and Dominic Raymond of Morgantown, will join 104 student delegates from across the United States in Washington, D.C. on March 8-15, 2014.

“I know I speak for all West Virginians in congratulating Adrienne and Dominic on being selected to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate Youth Program,” Senator Manchin said. “I have always told young people, you cannot sit on the sidelines and watch life happen, you have to get in the game and get informed to truly make a difference. Through their hard work in the classroom and in the community, these two young leaders have been able to make a difference, and they have proven their commitment to understanding our great democracy. I’m proud to congratulate them for all they have accomplished and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

“For more than 50 years, the Senate Youth Program has given aspiring leaders an opportunity to learn about the important role of the federal government by experiencing it first-hand,” Rockefeller said. “Each year, I’m so impressed by the talented West Virginia students selected to represent our state in Washington. Adrienne and Dominic are not only at the top of their class academically, but have also proven to be leaders among their peers and active members of their communities. I know they will proudly represent our state and their communities.”

To be selected for the U.S. Senate Youth Program, students must rank academically in the top one percent of all high school juniors and seniors in their state, and possess outstanding leadership abilities and a commitment to volunteer work.

Adrienne Arnold is a senior at George Washington High School in Charleston. She is a Student Council representative, and is also involved in Beta Club, cross country, Key Club, Junior Civitans, and Baking Club. She plans to attend college and pursue a career as an environmental scientist or political analyst.

Dominic Raymond is a junior at Trinity Christian School in Morgantown. He serves as vice president of the Student Council, leads Trinity’s Anti-Bullying Campaign, and plays for the school’s golf and basketball teams. He plans to attend college and pursue a career in law or health sciences.

The United States Senate Youth Program is a competitive, merit-based program that selects two students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity, to participate in a week-long educational experience about the federal government and national leaders. Each student will receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship from the Hearst Foundations. During their week in Washington, students will meet with Members of Congress, President Obama, a Justice of the Supreme Court, other public officials, and members of the media.