NPHS senior participating in Senate youth program

New Prague High School senior Taylor Hvidsten is one of two Minnesota high school students that were chosen to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington D.C. in March. Hvidsten, daughter of Mark and Nicole Hvidsten, with Anne Omer of Andover will join Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL) and Sen. Tina Smith (DFL) in representing Minnesota in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 3-10. The two were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Hvidsten said she is very excited to be attending. “I am honored to have been chosen for this program,” said Hvidsten. “I was very nervous about being selected because I didn't know much about the program's history and my friends in other states were telling me how difficult their selections processes were.”

The yearly merit-based program is extremely competitive. It 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, D.C. for an intensive weeklong study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

Hvidsten said she had no expectations about being accepted. She added, “So when I got a letter from the Minnesota Department of Education I was confused because I forgot I had applied!” She still finds it hard to believe that she will be going to Washington D.C. for a week to represent Minnesota and meeting delegates from all across the country.

She noted she wrote to.....

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