Hoeven and Heitkamp Congratulate Students Chosen for Senate Program
Posted by KSJB News on 1/17/2017 11:06:00 AM.


WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program has selected Alyx Schmitz of Oakes and Ashlen Wright of West Fargo to serve as delegates to the program’s 55th annual Washington Week. The program, which features 104 student delegates from across the country, will be held March 4 – 11.

Alyx Schmitz attends Oakes High School and serves as the Student Body president. She also serves as the secretary for the Southeast Region Career and Technology Center Advisory Committee. She was selected as a 2016 Girls Nation senator, a North Dakota ambassador to the National Student Leadership Summit, and North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) Distinguished Student runner-up. Schmitz is involved in varsity track and field, basketball, volleyball, choir, band, her church youth group and several other community volunteer organizations. She hopes to secure an internship with a North Dakota senator, practice law and run for elected office.

Ashlen Wright, a fifth generation North Dakotan, attends West Fargo Sheyenne High School and serves as a member of the "Imagine Thriving" Regional Student Board. She founded Mining for GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math and Science which has reached more than 1,700 girls. She serves on the STEM Student Advisory Board, the region's “Imagine Thriving” Student board and is president and founder of her high school's Mental Health Awareness Club. Wright is a member of the American Mensa Honor Society and represented her school at the 2016 North Dakota State Leadership seminar. She served as a page for the 2016 NDGOP convention and was MVP for her Student Congress team. She participates in theater and choir and is a member of the 2017 North Dakota Governor's Chorus, and regularly performs the national anthem for NDHSAA state championship games. She would like to run for public office in the future.

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