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Two students from Japan-based high schools were selected to represent the Department of Defense Education Activity in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, school officials announced this week.

Seniors Anthony Soroka, from Kadena High School on Okinawa, and Elizabeth Michael, from Yokota High School in Japan, will represent DODEA in the program. The two alternates are Marlon Troubnikoff, from Ansbach Middle/High School in Germany, and Kaan Kadioglu, a junior from Ankara High School in Turkey.

Two delegates from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense schools are selected each year to spend a week in Washington observing government. They also receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

The youth senate program, started in 1962, will take place March 4-11. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays the students’ expenses.

During the visit, students will sit in on policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, State and Defense department officials and directors of federal agencies. They also hold a meeting with a Supreme Court justice, according to a Department of Defense Dependents Schools news release.


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