- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

Graduates of the United States Senate Youth Program gathered last week to recall their "dizzying" days exploring the nation's seat of power.
The program, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, celebrated its 40th anniversary Feb. 19 with a reception in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
This year's events, March 2-9, will bring 104 students from across the country for a week in the nation's capital. Each student will leave with a $2,000 college scholarship and an enlightened sense of awareness about the U.S. political system.
Frank A. Bennack Jr., Hearst Corp.'s president and CEO, pointed out that the students keep getting better and better over the years. "I'm amazed how mature and bright … each new group is," he said.
Alumnus Brian Kamoie, an assistant research professor at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services, said being part of the 1989 program gave his fellow students "a sense they can get involved and make a difference."
The 2002 Senate Youth participants will be similarly influenced after their stay in the capital, longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas observed.
Mrs. Thomas called visiting the District "an eye-opener" for the program's impressionable young students.
"They'll see what an open society we have," she said.
Christian Toto


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