CHS Senior Allen Duggar Is Headed To Washington, D.C.
Catholic High School senior Allen Duggar will join Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator John Kennedy in representing Louisiana in the nation’s capital during the 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (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 national student delegation who will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”
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. While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. 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.
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. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324, no government funds are utilized.
Extremely involved in extracurriculars at CHS, Duggar serves as vice president of the campus Youth and Government organization, president of the school band and has demonstrated strong leadership skills and understanding of the political processes and the importance of service to his community. He maintains an impressive academic record and has been named a National Merit semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He aspires to be a constitutional law attorney.