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Hall Student Selected as Delegate for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Megan Striff-Cave. Courtesy photo

Megan Striff-Cave, a senior at West Hartford’s Hall High School, will represent the state at a program in Washington, DC in March.

Submitted by Amy Shaffer,Student Activities/Career Center Coordinator, Hall High School

Megan Striff-Cave has been selected as one of only two students to represent Connecticut as a delegate to the 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held in Washington, DC, from March 2-9, 2019. This is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students.

Megan, a senior at Hall High School, serves as the Hall High School Board of Education representative. She attended the American Legion Girls State, has served as a leader of both the Feminist Coalition and Political Discussion Club, and testified at the State Capitol on behalf of her State Representative, Derek Slap, on H.B. 5386, a pay equity bill to help close the gender wage gap.

This past summer, Megan interned on the Ned Lamont campaign under Deputy Campaign Manager Jacqueline Kozin.

Megan was involved in planning Hall High School’s participation in the National School Walkout, and served as the school representative on a panel about school safety and gun control with U.S. Senators Murphy and Blumenthal. She hopes to study political science in college.

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 Activity are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide. The goal of the program is to raise awareness among young Americans about the role of the federal government and the importance of our democratic process. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Delegates also receive a $10,000 college scholarship to help them pursue their future endeavors.

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