Allen Duggar Selected as Louisiana Delegate for U.S. Senate Youth Program
CHS senior Allen Duggar was named as one of two student delegates to represent Louisiana at the 2018-2019 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by The Hearst Foundations. Duggar will join Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator John Kennedy in the nation’s capital during the 57th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 2 – 9, 2019. Duggar was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104-student delegation who will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
Each year, this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Delegates will hear policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and leaders of other federal agencies. Traditionally, delegates have also participated in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates a more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.
Duggar is the president of the CHS Band, and plays the guitar and keyboards in the CHS Jazz Band. He is the vice president of the Youth and Government club, historian and co-founder of the Quiz Bowl team, and an Eagle Scout. He has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2019 and earned an AP Scholar with Distinction recognition from The College Board. Allen is considering Tulane University, the College of Charleston, Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as possible college choices.
The is the second year in a row a Catholic High School student has been selected for this program. Last year, Drake Brignac ’19 was a delegate.