Two Alaskans named to U.S.
Senate Youth Program
January 12, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - U.S. Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski
announced the names of the two Alaska students who have been
selected as delegates to the 46th Annual United States Senate
Youth Program that will be held March 1-8, 2008, in Washington,
Anthony Glavinic of Anchorage and Kyleen Luhrs of Ketchikan were
chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of
104 student delegates who will attend the program's 46th Annual
The program was created in 1962 and has been sponsored by the
Senate and fully funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings
outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C., for an
intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people
who lead it.
The goal is to help instill in students a more profound knowledge
of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to
public service. The foundation grants each of the student delegates
a $5,000 college scholarship. Transportation and all expenses
for Washington Week are provided by the foundation.
Tonei Glavinic is Advisory Board Co-Chair at Steller Secondary
School and a member of the Anchorage School District Student
Advisory Board. He is also the President of the Board of Directors
for the United Youth Courts of Alaska and a presiding judge in
the Anchorage Youth Court.
Glavinic is a member of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education
Network National Student Leadership Team and National Advisory
Council. He has received recognition from the Spirit of Youth
Foundation and several President's Volunteer Service Awards for
over 1,000 volunteer hours of service. Tonei plans to pursue
a degree in political science and gender studies.
Kyleen Luhrs is Senior Class President at Ketchikan High School.
As a sophomore Luhrs successfully brought a resolution to the
state legislature to provide healthier options in the school
vending machines. She has volunteered hundreds of hours to her
community as a coach, tutor and mentor. She is a member of the
Chosen as alternates to the 2008 program were Andrew Baur, who
attends Glennallen High School, and Heather Rand, who attends
Whittier Community High School.
The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates
after nomination by teachers and principals. This year's Alaska
delegates were designated by Barbara Thompson, Interim Commissioner
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