— 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 –
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.
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.