Two selected as DODDS delegates to Senate youth program
A pair of Defense Department honor students — a junior from Rota, Spain, and a student body president from Iwakuni, Japan — will serve as delegates to the 42nd annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington this year.
Kerry Ann Yudiski, a National Honor Society member from David Glasgow Farragut High School in Rota, and Cathleen Joy Cauguiran, a top student at Matthew C. Perry High School in Iwakuni, were selected last month.
They will join 102 other students from across the United States selected to meet Washington’s top leaders and see them in action.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Yudiski, her school’s student body president.
Lindsey Shirlene Haisler, who attends Ansbach Middle/High School in Ansbach, Germany, and Ramon L. Burgos who attends Antilles High School in Puerto Rico, were selected as alternates, according to the Department of Defense Education Activity.
Yudiski is a member of the school’s Spanish Club and Drama Fest. She also plays varsity basketball and tennis.
She will attend Penn State University to study for a medical degree.
Yudiski, whose father is a supply officer and mother is a history and geography teacher at Naval Station Rota, hopes to become an Air Force flight surgeon.
Cauguiran is an honor student who works on her school’s yearbook staff. She also is a member of Honor Choir and drama team and volunteers at the post office and as a math tutor. She plans to attend the University of Southern California and earn a degree in broadcast journalism.
Delegates will be in Washington from Feb. 28 to March 6. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and DODEA participate each year.
In addition to the Washington trip, each delegate receives a $5,000 college scholarship.