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Davidson, Damonte Ranch Seniors Win Senate Scholarships

By ThisIsReno
Damonte Ranch High School

Morgan Heath-Powers, a senior at the Davidson Academy, and Jack Heinemann, a senior at Damonte Ranch High, each earned a $10,000 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) scholarship in a statewide competition run through the Nevada Department of Education.

Both students will have the opportunity to meet with Nevada’s U.S. Senators, Catherine Cortez-Masto and Jacky Rosen, during a week-long trip to Washington D.C.

Heath-Powers is involved in American Legion Girls Nation and is a youth representative on the Reno Youth City Council. Heinemann is the Damonte Ranch High student body president.

“It’s always a pleasure to honor such very accomplished young people who I am certain have public service in their future,” said Jonathan Moore, deputy superintendent of the Nevada Department of Education. “This scholarship recognizes two student leaders and gives them a nice financial reward for their future education. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see our nation’s capital up close and learn about our nation’s political process.”

The U.S. Senate created the USSYP to provide an opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes. The program brings together officials from each branch of government with the scholarship recipients, two from each state for an intensive week-long educational program D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive.

Each student also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundations. Students are encouraged to pursue coursework in history and political science.

SOURCE: Nevada Department of Education

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