Sabine Mead earns $10,000 scholarship, invited to first-ever virtual Washington Week
ALEXANDRIA, VA-Sabine Mead, a junior at T.C. Williams High School, has been selected for the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The honor has been awarded since 1962 to two students in each state, the District, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. She will represent Virginia as a “student delegate,” along with David Alexander of Chesapeake, during the first-ever virtual Washington Week, March 14-17. Both have received $10,000 college scholarships as well.
Mead told The Zebra Press she is excited about her selection, recounting her initial reaction to the news.
“I read the email over and over again because I was so surprised, especially after getting to know some of the other incredibly talented finalists, and it still doesn’t feel real,” she said.
During the week, student delegates will attend online meetings with President Joseph R. Biden, various senators, a Supreme Court justice, and other federal government representatives.
Senate testimony on Resolution 324, which created the USSYP, stated that its purpose is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people
around the world.”
When Mead attends the program, she knows she will carry her experiences and the lessons she’s learned from family, friends, and teachers. When asked what it means to her to represent Virginia, she called it “a huge honor.”
“Being able to bring my ideas to [the] table and represent my state is exciting and encouraging,” she said. “And it will hopefully help me continue to learn how to serve others through the government.”
While Mead is not certain where she wants to attend college, she is interested in pursuing a double major in American history and dance. She hopes to have a career helping others, specifically in the federal government. But law is also an interest, so she can picture herself in a number of roles such as public defender or immigration lawyer.
“I am still learning about other fields and open to discovering more about what I like and where my strengths are highlighted,” she explained.
All expenses for Washington Week are paid by the Hearst Foundation, sponsor of the highly-competitive program since its inception.
Students are considered by demonstrating not only their dedication to academics but also volunteer work. Possessing leadership ability is a must. The USSYP has 5,800 alumni, many of whom have gone into public service later in life. Former honorees include Chris Christie and Pete Buttigieg.