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West High student selected for U.S Senate Youth Program

Rajiv Tarigopula, a senior at West High School in the Parkway School District, is one of two Missouri high school seniors selected as a delegate in the 2010 U.S. Senate Youth Program.  Each student wins a week-long, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

The U.S. Senate Youth Program will be held March 6-13.  The Missouri students will assemble with 102 other delegates to learn about the functions of the federal government.  Throughout their week’s stay, the delegates will visit the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court and Pentagon.  They will meet with their senators and other national policymakers.

The winners and alternates were chosen from among eight finalists.  A panel made up of staff from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The Missouri Bar selected the delegates.  Nearly 90 juniors or seniors were nominated for the program this year by high school principals from public and nonpublic schools.

The annual program was established by the U.S. Senate in 1962.  The William Randolph Hearst Foundation provides financial support for the program.

Last winter, Tarigopula served as a U.S. Senate Page and most recently learned that he received a perfect score on the ACT and SAT tests.