Bonner student heading to Washington, D.C. in Hearst Foundation program
A Bonner Springs High School senior is one of two Kansas students selected to take part in a special educational opportunity in Washington, D.C. As one of the 104 high school students selected to be delegates in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, which is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Adam Smith will travel to Washington, D.C., in March for an all-expenses paid trip for an educational-immersion program..
In Washington Smith will meet with senators, cabinet members, officials of the departments of State and Defense, and directors of federal agencies, and participate in a meeting with a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Students are selected, according to a brochure for the program, "based solely on the outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership as elected or selected high school student officers."
It's not hard to see how Smith was chosen. He wears a lot of hats at school: drum major in the marching band, editor of the yearbook, president of the Student Council executive board, peer counselor and member of the Principal's Leadership Council and varsity captain on the Quiz Bowl.
"If it's there I m gonna do it," Smith said.
Smith said he wants to either be a producer for a television weather station or work for the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. He plans to study atmospheric sciences and meteorology at Kansas University when he graduates. That will be just a little easier with the $5,000 scholarship from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation that comes with being selected for the program.
As for what he hopes to get out of the D.C. trip, Smith said "I think it's going to be cool just to be around people with the same amount of knowledge and as involved as I am."
When he received the notification he'd been selected, Smith said it was a surprise, because it arrived in a plain envelope.
"I really didn't think it was anything," he said. "I was just ecstatic to find out I got that."