Students compete to represent Maine in Youth Senate

Nine students from Maine high schools competed in Augusta on Nov. 18 for the honor to travel to Washington, D.C., in March 2012 to represent their home state in the United States Senate Youth Program.

The nine students developed and delivered speeches, debated health care policy, discussed their past political involvement and interviewed for the honor to travel to Washington, D.C., for a week of firsthand experiences learning about the U.S. government.

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The students competed for the honor in a Maine legislative committee room.

During their week in Washington, U.S. Senate Youth Program participants will hear from Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, and participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is a Senate co-chair and alumna of the program. The Maine Department of Education coordinates the selection process for the two Maine participants in the program.

Maine’s representatives will be announced in the coming weeks.

More information about the U.S. Senate Youth Program is available at http://www.ussenateyouth.org/.

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