U.S. Senators Daniel Coats and Joe Donnelly named two Indiana students as delegates to the 52 nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program being held this week in Washington, D.C.
Justin Garrard, of Lebanon, and Eashan Kumar, of Munster, were chosen from across the state to attend the program’s Washington Week.
Fully funded by The Hearst Foundations, this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, ans one each from 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 is to help instill within each class more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.
In addition, The Hearst Foundations provide each delegate with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
Kumar attends Munster High School and serves as president of Student Government and vice president of the National Honor Society. He is also secretary of his Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter and president of his youth group.
Eashan has placed in the top six in DECA state competition, was a state semifinalist in Speech twice, and his government and constitution team ― We the People - placed third at state last year. In addition, he has participated in Hoosier Boys State and the National Youth Leadership Forum. A member of the track team and other clubs, he volunteers in the community.