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EHS student one of two in state selected for U.S. Senate program

Dec. 18, 2019 - Yash Mangalick, a junior at Edina High School, is one of two students selected to represent Minnesota at the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. The week-long program provides students an opportunity to experience national government in action. It is geared toward students who have expressed an interest in pursuing careers in public service.

Mangalick has served as Student Commissioner on the Edina Planning Commission from 2018-2019. He is also an appointee to the EHS principal's advisory group, and served on the Site Council, the Student Senate, and is a cabinet member for the Mosaic group. Mangalick has been captain of the Edina Congressional Debate Team for the last two years.

“Growing up, I was surrounded by family that believes in giving back and helping those in adverse situations. I applied to the Senate Youth Program because I want to learn as much as I can about service and leadership,” Mangalick said. “I look forward to seeing [government] work in action and understanding how to be an effective change-maker. During my week in D.C., I’m especially excited to meet our senators from Minnesota.”

The USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution, and each year two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education system overseas, are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at state Departments of Education nationwide.

Student delegates will hear major policy addresses and participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hearst Foundation covers all student expenses for the week. Additionally, each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship, with encouragement to pursue course work in history and political science.