Flores Chosen for United States Senate Youth Program
South junior Enrique Flores ‘19 was selected to represent Oregon, along with Kelly Han of Westview High School, in the United States Senate Youth Program [USSYP]. On March 3 Flores traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn about the US government with 103 other student delegates.
The USSYP, established in 1962, recognizes high school juniors and seniors that show leadership in elected or appointed positions in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history or community service. This merit-based program chooses two student delegates from each state to participate.
“I’m so honored and excited to represent Oregon at this year’s Program. I understand the enormous amount of opportunities that this trip will be bring the and the chances I will get to receive to meet government officials,” said Flores. “I hope to learn about how to one day become a government official, the amount of steps involved and the measures I need to overcome. Additionally, I am hopeful to receive advice from current senators to one day become a leader in the senate.”
Flores and the other students received $10,000 college scholarships as well as the trip to Washington, D.C. During their week in Washington they heard policy addresses by senators, cabinet members and officials from assorted government agencies. They also participated in meetings with the president and a US supreme court Justice.
The goal of this program is to give high-achieving students, who would like to pursue careers in public service, an opportunity to gain an inside look into the American political process. They also aspire to instill in student delegates a lifelong commitment to public service.
Flores is the student body secretary and treasurer, as well as the president of the Debate Club and the Model United Nations. He also worked as an intern for Representative Teresa Alonso-Leon.