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Posted: December 12, 2014

Student Foundation Board Member to Represent NM in D.C.

Jonathan Salazar, an Atrisco Heritage Academy senior who serves on the APS Education Foundation Board of Directors, has been selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Jonathan Salazar has been chosen as one of two delegates representing New Mexico in the United States Senate Youth Program.

Jonathan, who is one of two student members of the APS Education Foundation's Board of Directors,will spend a week in Washington D.C. and earn a $5,000 scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students - two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity - to the nation's capital for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it.

The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. They will meet with the highest-level officials in the three branches of government their including their US Senators, President and Supreme Court Justices and tour historic sites and monuments.

In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors. Now more than 5,000 strong, alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service.

Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations.

Jonathan is an honor student at Atrisco Heritage. He is active in school and community groups. He has said that he would like to become an immigration or criminal defense attorney and someday wants to be accepted by the school of law at Harvard University.

Jonathan is one of two students on the Foundation board who have the same voting rights as other members.

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