Iowa students chosen for prestigious U.S. Senate program
Two students have been selected as delegates to represent Iowa in the annual United States Senate Youth Program.
Joshua Hughes, a senior from Interstate 35 High School in Truro, and Jack Hostager, a senior from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, each will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a fully funded trip to Washington, D.C., this March.
Hughes and Hostager were among 42 Iowa students who applied for the prestigious program that was established in 1962. Each year, the program brings more than 100 of 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 weeklong study of the federal government and the people who lead it.
The goals of the program include deepening the understanding of America’s political process and strengthening the students’ resolve to pursue careers in public service.
In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top 1 percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors. To be selected, students had to take rigorous public affairs examinations, provide personal essays and submit to an extensive application process.
Hughes is the president of the Student Body at school, where he has been involved in student government since his freshman year. He also is active in Boy Scouts, serves as a church deacon, and volunteers at a local hospital. Other activities have included track and cross country, mock trial, Knowledge Bowl, the Iowa Youth Congress, National Honor Society and the Capitol Project.
Hostager is the elected secretary of the National Honor Society chapter at school. He also has participated in cross country, Boy Scouts, Boys State, debate, symphony and various other activities. He served as a founder of the Iowa Student Learning Institute, and was a page in the U.S. Senate.