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Feb 20 2024

Bloomington North High School Senior Named Indiana Senate Youth Delegate

AllCivic Education

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Bar Foundation and the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that Bloomington North High School senior Kyle Shankar Davis of Bloomington will join Senator Todd Young and Senator Mike Braun in representing Indiana during the 62nd annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 2-9. Kyle will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Two students are selected to represent Indiana. Layla Kelly of Fort Wayne is the other Indiana delegate.

Kyle Davis, a senior at Bloomington High School South, serves as the secretary to his school’s branch of the National Honor Society. He is the president of the Speech and Debate teams, works to establish a presence for pre-arrest deflection policy in his local area, and was selected as a student equity ambassador for the city of Bloomington. Kyle has always been enthralled with civil service, stating his desire to make a difference through advocating for effective policy and ensuring that the execution of these policies is done with a keen mind and in a diligent manner. He will use his leadership skills to pursue a career in policymaking and civil service as he desires to further the common understanding of our government institutions and implement science-driven policy solutions for our nation’s most pressing issues. Kyle plans to major in neuroscience and public policy and hopes that his work can one day put an end to America’s mental health, substance abuse, and housing crises.

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. In Indiana, the USSYP is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The Foundation reviews applicants, conducts interviews, and selects Indiana’s representatives. The selected delegates are endorsed by Indiana’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Katie Jenner.

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program provides the most outstanding high school students – two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity – with an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.