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Howard ’24 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announced that Jamie Howard ’24 will join Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen in representing Maryland during the 62nd annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held in March. Howard, along with one other Maryland high school student, was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. Each delegate will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

During the program week, the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators, President Biden, a justice of the Supreme Court, and leaders of cabinet agencies, among others. Howard said he is “beyond excited” to meet his fellow delegates from all across the country and hopes to learn from them as well as political leaders.

“I hope to engage with a group that is equally passionate about the makings of our government and to make lifelong friends,” Howard said of his upcoming week in our nation’s capital.

Howard became interested in politics at a young age. “My passion for it first blossomed in fifth grade during the 2016 election. Mr. Schloeder, my homeroom teacher, showed us the ads from the Clinton and Trump campaigns, encouraging us to analyze their efficacy and debate with our fellow classmates about who would win,” he said. “I soon immersed myself in studying political maps, the wide array of political personalities and movements that color American history, and the daily happenings of the Trump administration. In Middle School, I continued cultivating my love of politics with frequent conversations with Mr. Jones, my advisor.”

When the promising senior enters college in the fall, he has plans to major in political science, to become involved with Young Democrats, and to secure an internship on the hill. His eventual career plans include “fighting back against undemocratic voter suppression and gerrymandering efforts” as an elections lawyer.

Congratulations to Jamie on this incredible honor and achievement!


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