Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Europe Students Selected for the US Senate Youth Program

SEMBACH, GERMANY — January 12, 2022 — A U.S. resident of California, is a senior at Lakenheath High School, and serves as president of his senior class and vice president of his school's chapter of Sociedad Honoraria HispánicaThe United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has announced that high school students Mr. Gabriel Todd Stephenson and Ms. Megan Lee Wills represent the Department of Defense Education Activity during the 60th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 6-9, 2022. Gabriel Stephenson of Lakenheath High School in England and Megan Wills of Alconbury Middle/High School in England were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 program will be held online, through a comprehensive and highly interactive virtual education and leadership forum.

Gabriel Stephenson, a U.S. resident of California, is a senior at Lakenheath High School, and serves as president of his senior class and vice president of his school's chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Throughout high school, he has been extensively involved in athletics, academics, and performance arts. Gabriel feels that the Senate Youth experience will provide him with increased insight into government and politics and enable him to better understand his own role in the process of government.

A U.S. resident of Florida, is a senior at Alconbury Middle/High School (AMHS), and serves as a class representative in Student Government, the vice president of the National Honor Society and the president of the Student Newsletter Club.Megan Wills, a U.S. resident of Florida, is a senior at Alconbury Middle/High School (AMHS), and serves as a class representative in Student Government, the vice president of the National Honor Society and the president of the Student Newsletter Club. She previously served as the AMHS Student Body secretary and Sophomore Class vice president. Since starting high school Megan has dedicated more than 130 hours to community service efforts supporting several worthwhile causes. She believes participation in this program will greatly improve her understanding of the United States government and inform future career interests in public service.