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Indiana Students Selected for 2021 United States Senate Youth Program

Students to Participate in the First Online Program and to Receive $10,000 Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Bar Foundation announces the 2021 student delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by The Hearst Foundations. Katherine LaReau of Carmel and Marissa Meador of Mooresville were selected from the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Katherine LaReau, a senior at St. Theodore Guerin High School, serves as co-president of the Student Council, president and founder of the school speech team and co-president of Guerin's Young Americans for Freedom chapter, which she co-founded. She has also served as president of the Hamilton County 4-H Junior Leaders, served as a board member on the Hamilton Country 4-H Council and was president of the Carmel 4-C's 4-H club for three years. As a sophomore, LaReau was the lead in her school's musical and has been a member of Eli Lily Engineering Explorers. After graduation, LaReau hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, majoring in chemical engineering.

Marissa Meador, a senior at Mooresville High School, serves as the president of her school's Junior State of America organization, the founder and president of a student activism club and a member of the school's earth club. She is also the school choir president, a member of the Junior State of America Ohio River Valley cabinet and has been an intern for a gubernatorial campaign. Meador plans to attend college and major in political science. Whether she holds public office or works with those in office, she is looking forward to creating meaningful policy change to help the underrepresented.

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will break ground as the first-ever fully virtual Washington Week and is designed to be a highly interactive and exciting education and leadership forum for the nation’s most outstanding student leaders. The student delegates will attend online meetings and briefings with senators, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies and senior members of the national media, among others.

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 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 week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. However, this year, the program will be held online. 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.

In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. All expenses for Washington Week are provided by The Hearst Foundations with no government funds used.

The Indiana Bar Foundation also announces the alternates to the 2021 program are Sriya Koganti, a resident of Avon who attends Avon High School, and Kyle Bragg, a resident of Fishers who attends Hamilton Southeastern High School. These students would take the place of a delegate should he or she not be available to participate.

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