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JEROME — A Jerome teenager will represent Idaho in the United States Senate Youth Program in March in Washington, D.C.

Patricia Janae Swenson — as well as Rexburg student Keegan Micheal Wolfe — will participate in Washington Week March 3-10, the youth program announced Thursday.

They’ll also receive a $10,000 college scholarship from the Hearst Foundations. The organization covers transportation and all expenses for the weeklong event, with no federal funds used.

Swenson, a student at Jerome High School, has been involved with student government for all four years of high school and is currently senior class representative.

She’s also president of National Honor Society and Young Politicians of Jerome, and is on the swim, water polo, tennis and speech teams, is a 4-H member and attended Idaho Syringa Girls State.

Swenson plans to study health care administration in college and wants to become a physician assistant.

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She’ll be among 104 national student delegates. Students were nominated by teachers and school principals, and selected by their state superintendent of public instruction.

In addition to their leadership abilities, participating students are in the top 1 percent of high school juniors and seniors in their state.

The U.S. Senate Youth Program was created by a Senate resolution in 1962. It provides students with an intensive, weeklong study of the federal government.


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