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INDIAN AMERICAN FROM WINTER PARK Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) recently announced that high school students Lorraine Nicole Angelakos and Indian American Uma Alath Menon will join Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott in representing Florida during the 58th annual USSYP Washington Week, March 7-14.

Lorraine Angelakos of Coral Springs and Uma Menon of Winter Park were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. Each will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

The USSYP was created in 1962. Each year, this extremely competitive merit-based program brings the most 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 the people who lead it.

Uma Menon, a senior at Winter Park High School, serves as one of three student senators in her school’s Student Senate, and as the regional president of the Future Business Leaders of America State Virtual Chapter. She was appointed as one of fifteen global student leaders for College Board and as the first Youth Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival.

Uma was invited to the 2019 State of the Union by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, for whom she served as a U.S. Congressional intern. Uma’s debut book, “Hands for Language,” will be out in May 2020.

Lorraine Angelakos, a senior at Pompano Beach High School, serves as the Senior Class president, and has completed 1062 hours of community service. She serves as an appointed member of the Broward County School Board’s Diversity Committee, Broward County’s Teen Court, and was selected as a nonpartisan teen leader to participate within Ted Deutch’s Congressional Youth Cabinet.

For information, visit: www.ussenateyouth.org

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