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Posted: Jan. 19, 2012

Ms. Rosen goes to Washington

BCHS student one of two statewide selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Jaime Rosen

                    Jaime Rosen

Jamie Rosen is making history.

The Bethlehem Central High School junior has been selected as one of two delegates from New York to the 50th Anniversary United States Senate Youth Program. Jamie, of Delmar, and Paarth Shah of Horseheads were chosen from applicants from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 50th Anniversary Washington Week, held March 3 – 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

“I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to be one of New York’s delegates,” said Jamie.

While in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senators and Congressional staff, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and top members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. A meeting with the President has been customary for the Senate Youth Program and is planned for the March trip.

“I’m not nervous about the trip,” said Jamie. “I’m very excited. I’m excited to see our government in action and take in the experience. I’m really looking forward to that.”

The United States Senate Youth Program is an extremely competitive merit-based program that brings 104 of 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. In addition to the trip, The Hearst Foundations provide each of the 104 student delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations.

Jamie has a self-described passion for government and is active in school and the community. She serves as Student Senate treasurer at BCHS, is the girls varsity tennis team captain and is in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Government Intern Program. She also attended the New York State League of Women Voters Students Inside Albany Program in April 2011 (read the story here). She is the executive vice president of her Temple's youth group and works hard for social justice.

“These are all things that I like to do, so it doesn’t seem like work,” said Jamie.

But Jamie does work hard, said Social Studies Supervisor Nick Petraccione, who was instrumental in nominating her for the opportunity.

“She’s just a really civic-minded student,” he said. “She’s the kind of student I knew would do well in the application process and the kind of kid you’d want representing you at the national level. We should all be proud of her accomplishment, it’s rare that a junior is chosen and in this case it is well deserved. Jamie will not only represent BCSD with poise and confidence but the state of New York couldn’t have asked for better ambassador to participate in this program.”

The application process consisted of an essay – Jamie’s was on the weighty subject of education reform – and then eight statewide semifinalists were brought before a board of movers and shakers in state government for an interview. Jamie received a succinct but very important bit of advice from Petraccione: “Go in, be yourself and be honest.”

“That was great to hear. Mr. Petraccione has been a great advocate for me and has encouraged me to go after some opportunities that I don’t think I would have known about or had the confidence to go after,” said Jamie, who also gave credit to Student Senate coordinator A.G. Irons, who nominated her for the Students Inside Albany Program. “It’s difficult to be confident enough to say that I deserve this; that I deserve to be chosen as one of two delegates from New York State.”

“I’m very grateful to Bethlehem schools and all of the teachers and students,” said Jamie. “There are a lot of great people here and I really do believe that this is a wonderful school.”