Mazzen Shalaby, a North Stafford High School student, was selected as one of Virginia’s two delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program. The event takes place March 4-11, in Washington, D.C.
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. Each year this competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C., for a week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it.
The goal of the program is to help instill a more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. The students will also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are provided by The Hearst Foundations.
Two student delegates are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. They rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors. Delegates are selected after nomination by teachers and principals. The Chief State School Officer for each jurisdiction confirms the final selection. Dr. Steven R. Staples, superintendent of Public Instruction, designated this year’s Virginia delegates.
Shalaby serves as the vice president of the National Honor Society. He is also the vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at North Stafford High School. He is captain of the varsity golf and debate teams and serves on the Commonwealth’s Governor’s School Advisory Board. He volunteers with Special Olympics, Big Brothers and the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg. In 2016, Mazzen won the Conference 15 Golf Championship, the National AP Scholar award and the American Legion Post 290 Oratorical Competition. Mazzen hopes to major in public policy at Princeton University and aspires to serve as an elected official.