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Wicker, Hyde-Smith encourage Miss. students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

By: Anne Summerhays - August 19, 2021

Two high school students from Mississippi will be selected for the 2022 program. 

The Mississippi senators encouraged high school juniors and seniors in Mississippi to apply to represent the state at the 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week.

The USSYP was established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution. It provides a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state will be selected.

The students will spend a week in Washington, pending public health and safety guidelines, and will have the opportunity to experience the national government in action. They will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition, the two students who are selected for the 2022 program will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program brings some of America’s most promising young leaders together to explore future careers in public service and engage with representatives from each of our branches of government,” Senator Roger Wicker said.  “I highly encourage all eligible Mississippi students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“The United States Senate Youth Program offers opportunities for a couple of Mississippi’s brightest, community-minded students to interact with national leaders and their peers from around the country.  I hope many students in Mississippi will apply for the 2022 program,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

Sen. Hyde-Smith discussed how this program offers a couple of Mississippi’s students an opportunity to interact with national leaders and peers from around the country.

The deadline to apply for the USSYP program in Mississippi is October 1, 2021. This year’s program will be March 5-12, 2022.

Interested students and educators can visit for more information.  The 2022 Official Program brochure and rules are available here.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: