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EHS’s Krishna Selected for US Senate Youth Program

February 25, 2021


ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has announced that Essex High School senior Tilly Krishna has been one of two students from Vermont who will join Senator Patrick J. Leahy and Senator Bernard Sanders in representing the Green Mountain State during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14-17, 2021. 


Krishna was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. 


Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings the most outstanding high school students - two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity - to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will break ground as the first-ever fully virtual Washington Week and is designed to be a highly interactive and exciting education and leadership forum for the nation’s most outstanding student leaders. 


Krishna serves as the president of the EHS Student Body. She is also a student representative to the EWSD Board, providing student voice as well as promoting equity initiatives throughout the District. She takes special pride in her social justice work and has founded the Social Justice Union. Krishna has also attended the American Civil Liberties Union Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., and is planning on a career in government.


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


The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. The goal of the program, as stated in Senate testimony, is "to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world." 


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.