January 13, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Congratulate New Hampshire Students Selected for 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Congratulate New Hampshire Students Selected for 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that two young Granite Staters have been selected as delegates for the 55th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. on March 4-11, 2017. Marion Elizabeth Lovett of Claremont and Dennis (Denny) Michael Ruprecht Jr. of North Haverhill will join more than 100 students from across the nation in Washington to experience the federal government in action.

"New Hampshire will be well-represented by Marion and Denny, and I am so pleased that they have been selected for this incredible opportunity to learn about our nation's democracy and our political process," Senator Shaheen said. "Accomplished students like Marion and Denny embody the future of the Granite State and the spirit of civic engagement, passed down from generation to generation, that we pride ourselves on. I look forward to welcoming them to Washington in March."

"New Hampshire does democracy better than anyplace else with our vibrant civic society and tradition of collective problem-solving, and I congratulate Marion and Denny on being selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington," Senator Hassan said. "By participating in this exciting, hands-on program, Marion and Denny are helping further our tradition of civic engagement, and I congratulate them on their accomplishments and look forward to welcoming them to the Capitol in March."

Marion Lovett is a student at Stevens High School and serves as the Claremont School Board student representative. Marion is involved with the Key Club, Youth and Government and the National Honors Society. Among her many accomplishments, Marion has spent the last three years as a team leader fundraising for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Marion would like to pursue a career in the military and continue giving back to her community.

Denny Ruprecht serves as the Student Council President at Woodsville High School and is the acting President of the New Hampshire Future Business Leaders of America Chapter. Denny also served as the Senator Jeff Woodburn's campaign director during the 2016 election, and wants to study political science and Spanish at George Washington University or Howard University. He would also like to join the Peace Corps after receiving his degrees.

Throughout its 55-year history, USSYP has brought thousands of students to the nation's capital to study the federal government. As delegates in Washington, the students will attend meetings and briefings with Senators, members from the House of Representatives, congressional staff, the President, a Justice from the Supreme Court, cabinet officials and other government leaders, as well as tour national monuments throughout the city. For more information, visit http://ussenateyouth.org/.