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Two Department of Defense Dependents Schools students in Europe were named Wednesday as alternates for the 2006 U.S. Senate Youth Program, a gathering of student leaders held each year in Washington, D.C.

Marlon Troubnikoff, a senior at Ansbach Middle-High School in Germany, and Kaan Kadioglu, a junior at the Ankara High School in Turkey, were tapped as the alternates for the conference, according to a Department of Defense Education Activity news release. The two students would attend the event should the two primary delegates be unable to make the trip.

Anthony Soroka, a senior at Kadena High School in Okinawa, and Elizabeth Michael, a senior at Japan’s Yokota High School, are the school system’s primary representatives.

The annual event, sponsored by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, offers students a weeklong look into the cogs of American politics. Two students from each state, two from the District of Columbia and two from the DODDS system are chosen each year for the event, the release stated.

The delegates will hear policy addresses by senators and Cabinet members during the event, which will be held in March. Each participant also will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, according to the release.


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