A junior from Kemmerer and a senior from Rawlins will represent Wyoming as its 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program delegates, the state Department of Education announced last month.
Easton Countryman, a junior at Kemmerer Junior/Senior High, and Toby Arment, a senior at Rawlins High, will travel to Washington, D.C. as part of the program and will receive a $10,000 scholarship, according to the Education Department. The two will join students from across the country on the D.C. trip, where they will meet with President Donald Trump and a Supreme Court justice.
“The application process for this program is rigorous, and Easton and Toby excelled in every category,” state Superintendent Jillian Balow said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Besides being excellent students, they are excellent citizens, and both have given back to their communities in so many ways.”
Countryman is an honor roll student at Kemmerer, the president of his class and participates in golf, speech and debate, and 4-H, according to the department. He has also volunteered with various organizations.
Arment is the student body treasurer at Rawlins High, is in the school’s National Honor Society chapter and participates in speech and debate and band. He previously was the recipient of the Speech and Debate Academic All American Award, according to the department, which is given to a select few debaters in the U.S. each year.
The students will travel to Washington in early March, where they’ll join two students from each state, plus two more from the capital and from Department of Defense schools. They’ll hear speeches from senators and policymakers from a number of federal agencies.
The state Education Department selects the delegates, who first must take a test and then pass interviews with officials from the agency.