Student body president wins award |

Student body president wins award

Senior Slade Gurr speaks with Senator Mark Udall at the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C.

Eye-opening is how Student Body President Slade Gurr would describe his recent experience with The U.S.Youth Senate Program. Gurr was one of 30 applicants from Colorado who was chosen to win this prestigious award which included a week long trip to Washington D.C., as well as receiving a $5,000 scholarship towards college. While there he was able to meet with members of Congress and hear Senators speak on major polices. Gurr will be the first to admit the application process was no easy task. “Each state has different requirements,” he said. “In Colorado, it requires a really long application, a 600 word essay and letters of recommendation from teachers, community members and your principal.”

All that hard work paid off in early March however when the Moffat County High School senior went to Washington Week, “Washington Week is an intensive week of unparalleled educational experiences,” says the program’s website. While in Washington. Gurr was able to meet Representative Gardner of Yuma Colorado. “We got to sit down and have lunch with him. He told us about his decision to move to Washington from Colorado to run for office. He was so down to earth, it was refreshing,” Gurr said.

The Program began in 1962 when Senate Resolution 324 was passed and each year two students from each state are chosen to win this prestigious award. The requirements are that you must be a junior or senior who has been elected or appointed as Student Body President, Vice President Treasurer; Class President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or a student council representative.

The winners were announced on December first and Washington Week occurred the week of March fifth through twelfth. Gurr returned with great experience that will look great on his college applications.

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