The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | April 1, 2013
Kayla Rowsey, a Fort Knox High School senior, was one of two students representing Kentucky among the 104 student delegates from every state, Department of Defense schools overseas and Washington, D.C., participating in the United States Senate Youth Program, March 10 to 16.The other Kentucky delegate was Alexis Weedman from Frederick Fraize High School in Cloverport. Rowsey and Weedman endured a selection process which consisted of an application, a test on the United States government and the creation of a high school resume.Rowsey and the other delegates participated in a variety of activities which included but were not limited to: meeting several senators, taking a brief tour of the White House and meeting President Barack Obama. While meeting with Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina in the National Archives, the delegates saw the handwritten Constitution.According to Rowsey, one highlight was meeting her fellow student delegates and, "making friendships that will last a lifetime."She also stated that she will never forget her meeting with Obama. She described her experience as, "Just being in the same room as him was so exciting and surreal. Hearing his footsteps as he came down the hall, and his entire demeanor was so unexplainable."When asked whether she would recommend the trip to the juniors and seniors of next year she responded, "I didn't think I'd enjoy the experience as much as I did. Everyone kept telling me it was going to be the best week of my life, but it didn't sink in until I got there. It was an opportunity of a lifetime; I met the most amazing people and I'll never forget the memories I made there. So, yes, I definitely recommend it."Students can begin applying for the 2013-2014 school year beginning in September. Juniors and seniors are eligible and should have an interest in political science, government and/or history. If selected, students will participate in the program and receive a $5,000 scholarship.