Patricio Ortiz Selected as South Carolina Semifinalist for 2020 U.S. Senate Youth Program

November 19, 2019

Patricio Ortiz, Class of 2020, was selected as a South Carolina semifinalists for the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Last week Patricio and his peers visited Columbia for their final round of interviews and a luncheon with State Superintendent Molly Spearman.

The two finalists who will be selected in December will receive a $10,000 scholarship and visit Washington D.C. in March to learn more about the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.

Per, The United States Senate Youth Program is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service.

The mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state, or national level.

The USSYP is a true partnership among government leaders, state and national education leaders, and America’s future leaders. Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week, which generally takes place the first or second week of March.

For more information on the United States Senate Youth Program, please visit

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