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Delegates will travel to D.C. and receive $5,000 scholarship


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education congratulates two Illinois high school students selected as delegates to the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program. Kiley Marron of Chicago and Corbin Robinson of Scott Air Force Base were chosen from applicants across the state to receive a scholarship and to represent Illinois for a weeklong educational visit to Washington, D.C., in March.

“This highly competitive program provides students a rare firsthand look at the inner workings of our political system and the democratic process and helps foster a deep interest in public service and civic engagement,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Kiley and Corbin’s selection is a huge accomplishment, and the Board is proud to have these two exceptional students representing our state.”

The U.S. Senate Youth Program was created in 1962 and annually brings 104 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 its leaders. In addition to the program week, the Hearst Foundations fund the program and provide each student with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs.

Kiley Marron attends William Jones College Preparatory High School in Chicago and serves as her class vice president. She is active in a variety of extracurricular and service activities either at her school or around Chicago. She said her best service experience occurred when she spent a month in the Dominican Republic working to facilitate a community initiative while also leading a youth day camp focused on promoting children’s rights. Kiley plans to pursue a career in law with a focus on intellectual property.

Corbin Robinson is a senior at Mascoutah High School and serves as the Illinois Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state vice president, Southwestern area. The FBLA and March of Dimes partnership has offered Corbin many school and community service opportunities to develop his leadership skills. Before moving to Illinois, he served as a Senate page of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2014 and volunteered for the Harnett County Teen Court. Corbin’s plans are to study economics and pre-law in college.

During their trip to Washington March 5-12, Kiley, Corbin, and their fellow delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators, House representatives and congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of Cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States, and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

Sung “Shawn“ Park of Naperville, who attends Metea Valley High School, and Connor Kaeb, who attends Cissna Park High School, were chosen as alternates to the 2016 program.

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. Superintendent Smith selected this year’s delegates for Illinois.


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