Trumbull High seniors to represent CT at U.S. Senate youth event

Trumbull High School seniors Eman Seyal and Neya Kidambi with Todd Manuel, acting principal

Trumbull High School seniors Eman Seyal and Neya Kidambi with Todd Manuel, acting principal

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TRUMBULL — Two Trumbull High School students have been picked to represent Connecticut at the United States Senate Youth Program later this year.

Neya Kidambi and Eman Seyal, both seniors at the high school, will participate in the program from March 6 to 9, during the 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week. The program will take place virtually, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The students were selected from the state’s top student leaders to be among 104 students taking part in the event. They will both receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

The program was created in 1962 and is sponsored by the Senate and funded by The Hearst Foundations. The intent of the program is to provide young people with an understanding of the three branches of government, and to learn about the governmental decision-making process.

“The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service,” according to a news release from the program.

During the program week, the student delegates will attend online meetings and briefings with senators, the president, a Supreme Court justice, leaders of cabinet agencies, and others.

Kidambi is secretary for the National Honor Society, editor in chief of the Trumbull High School newspaper, president of the model congress team, and a member of the state champion mock trial team.

Seyal is the student representative to the Trumbull Board of Education and serves on the board’s Later School Start Time and District Calendar committees. She is the founder of Allies for Angels, a club that raises awareness of pediatric diseases and raises money for hospitals and charitable organizations.

Delegates and alternates are selected by departments of education in each state and the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Activity, after nomination by teachers and principals. The chief state school officer for each jurisdiction confirms the final selection.

For more information on the program, visit https://ussenateyouth.org/.