Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program
Two Iowa students were selected from across the state to participate in the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C.
Timothy Foley of Clive and Beau Ragland of Marshalltown were selected to be members of the 104-student delegation participating in Washington Week.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education.
Timothy, or T.J., Foley attends Valley High School and serves as the executive chair of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council and Junior Class Student Council representative. He is involved in numerous activities including Debate, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Boy Scouts, National Honor Society and Silver Cord. T.J. shares Margaret Meade's belief in the ability of a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens to change the world.
Beau Ragland is a senior at Marshalltown High School and is heavily involved in a number of leadership and academic activities. He serves as the president of the Bobcat Student Affairs Organization and is the chancellor of a history club. Throughout high school, he has participated in numerous other extracurricular activities, including student senate, Boy Scouts, National Honor Society, volunteering, Boys State, and varsity athletics. Beau is interested in studying economics and political science in college.
In addition to the all-expenses-paid program week, each delegate receives a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
Chosen as alternates to the 2016 program were John Lof, a resident of Grinnell, who attends Grinnell-Newburg High School, and Damon Wolter, a resident of Keokuk, who attends Keokuk High School.
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. 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.