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Myrtle Beach High Student is Semifinalist in U.S. Senate Youth Program

Sarah Hollingsworth US Senate Youth Program GraphicSarah Hollingsworth, a student at Myrtle Beach High School, was one of eleven South Carolina students who met State Superintendent Molly Spearman on Thursday, November 17, to be recognized as a semifinalist in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

The USSYP is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to go to Washington, D.C., for “Washington Week” or participate in an online version of the program. At Washington Week, they will get to experience the national government in action. Two students from each state are selected to attend the program, which will take place March 4-11, 2023.

South Carolina delegates are nominated by their high school principal and/or the high school’s designated U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship coordinator. Those finalists who participate in Washington Week also receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

According to the USSYP website, qualified students “must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing or previously represented a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in the state that they will represent for the entire 2022-23 academic year.” Students must also meet additional eligibility requirements, such as having a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and being U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

Hollingsworth will find out later this month whether she has been selected as a finalist, and we wish her the best of luck!