A Nicolet High School student will travel to Washington, D.C. next month as part of the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program.
Senior Amanda Deacon, who hopes to next year study political science at an Ivy League school before going on to law school, is one of just two students from Wisconsin chosen for the honor.
To qualify, students must be in the top 1 percent, academically, of their respective states among high school upperclassmen. They have to also demonstrate strong volunteer and leadership skills.
State education officials then pick two students as delegates to travel to Washington, D.C. with the program. They'll spend a week in the nation's capital, in early March, learning about how the government works.
Deacon and others will get to meet elected officials like the president and members of Congress.
Students chosen also receive a $10,000 academic scholarship.
"I'm just a little overwhelmed and very, very excited," Deacon said.
"I'm excited to go to D.C. and meet all these elected officials and learn as much as I can," she said.
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