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Kearney student chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program
It's an extremely competitive merit-based program that takes 104 students from across the nation - two from each state - to meet the most important people in Washington.
For the first time a Kearney High student was selected for the U.S. Senate Youth Program.
News Five's Amy West shows us why student Jack Anderson is a kid you should know in this week's Celebrate Youth.
Meet Kearney High student Jack Anderson. He may only be a junior, but his resume is rapidly growing. And now he can add United States Senate Youth Program to the list.
"We get to tour a lot of the landmarks and attractions in Washington and meet with a lot of the senators and cabinet members and get to meet the president," said Anderson.
Jack will spend a week meeting the nation's lawmakers as one of only two students chosen from Nebraska.
"I like getting opinions from students and voicing them to do projects and activities throughout the school," said Anderson.
School administrators say in the world of school politics Jack has already broken boundaries.
"Jack was elected as an officer for student council then they looked at their bylaws and found that sophomores could not hold an officer role in the organization so he's breaking a lot of different ground," said Kearney High Assistant Principal Kevin Madsen.
He's the first Kearney High student to ever be selected into the program.
"May give some motivation to younger kids saying, hey, if Jack can do it, if Jack can be recognized and be out in out of the state of Nebraska I have an opportunity to be maybe not in politics but in some form to be recognized," Madsen said.
And while Jack may motivate his fellow students he has his own inspiration - his mother.
"She's been able to show me how to respect others and how to work my hardest to actually achieve things like this," said Anderson.
This makes Jack Anderson a Kid You Should Know.
Jack will head to Washington D.C. March 5th for the week long US Senate Youth Program.
The other student selected from Nebraska is Nicholas Pease of Ashland.
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