Sussex Central senior selected as delegate to U.S. Senate Youth Program

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School senior Charles Megginson IV is one of two students from Delaware selected as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program that will be held March 5-12, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senators Thomas R. Carper and Christopher A. Coons announced the First State’s delegates Wednesday.

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Charles Megginson IV

Mr. Megginson, who resides in Millsboro, and Laura Wagner of Dover were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 54th annual Washington Week.

At Sussex Central High School, Mr. Megginson serves as the vice president of the Delaware Business Professionals of America. He has served for two terms as the executive president of the Student Council, is the captain of his school’s Mock Trial Team and plans to follow this career path by studying political science in college and going to law school.

Mr. Megginson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 89 and is working on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a student in the International Baccalaureate program and takes University of Delaware courses through the Academic Challenge program. Outside of school, he enjoys camping and traveling.

In addition, Mr. Megginson is a collective student voice in presentations at Indian River School District board of education meetings.

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. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for 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.”

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of 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.

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.

In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324; no government funds are utilized.

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