Jan 09 2008

Shelby Announces Alabama Delegates to the Senate Youth Program

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Fernanda Lima and Jeremy Williams will be Alabama’s delegates to the 46th Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

Fernanda Lima attends Vestavia Hills High School in Jefferson County and is a member of the Student Government Association.  She serves as President of the HOPE Service Club, Editor of Yearbook, and as a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and United Nations Club.  Fernanda attended the National Youth Leadership Conference as an Alabama Girls State Representative.  She remains active in the Big Sister Program and serves as a peer tutor.

Jeremy Williams attends Lee High School in Madison County and is President of the Student Government Association.  He is Party Chairman and Speaker of the House for Alabama Boys State, President of North Central Alabama Region C.M.E. Youth, President of Christian Youth Fellowship and President of Huntsville District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Youth.  Jeremy also is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, the STAR Student Honors Program and the Scholars’ Bowl.  He is a Distinguished Cadet Award winner, an editor, member of the Debate Team and a peer helper.

"I believe that Fernanda and Jeremy will do an excellent job representing Alabama at this year's United States Senate Youth Program,” said Shelby. “I applaud them for taking advantage of this important program and for developing an understanding of how our nation's government operates."

Fernanda and Jeremy are among 104 delegates who will receive a $5000 college scholarship, and spend the week of March 1 to 8, 2008, in Washington, D.C., studying the federal government with a specific focus on the United States Senate. They will also have the opportunity to meet with leading cabinet members, a Supreme Court Justice and several key Congressional policy makers.  The program is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, which will pay all costs associated with the program.