Congratulations to McAuley senior, Carolyn Liziewski, who was recently selected as one of Maine’s two delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program. As a delegate, she will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Hearst Foundation to put toward her college education; additionally, she will have all travel expenses paid to Washington, D.C. for Washington Week from March 8 to March 15, 2014.
The United States Senate Youth Program was established by U.S. Senate Resolution in 1962 for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. The mission of the program is to provide an opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government, in addition to developing an understanding of the relationships that exist among the three branches of government. During her week in Washington, Carolyn will gain insight into government through briefings and meetings with Senators, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, cabinet members, federal agency leaders and members of the national media.
To qualify for the program, students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities. Carolyn’s selection process began in September when she took a civics test proctored at McAuley. She learned that she was a state finalist in October, and on November 7 she traveled to Augusta where she was interview by a panel of judges. She also presented a speech that she wrote to the judges and the other state finalists. After the competition, two delegates and two alternate delegates were selected.
At McAuley, Carolyn serves on the Student Council Executive Board. Additionally, she is a member of the Mercian Yearbook staff, an ambassador, a member of the math team, and a member of the varsity basketball team.
Kudos, again, Carolyn, on this impressive accomplishment!