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Robert Lawrence, a senior at C.E. Byrd High School and a finalist for Caddo Parish Student of the Year, has been selected to represent the state of Louisiana in the latest cohort of the United States Senate Youth Program.

Lawrence will join Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator John N. Kennedy in representing Louisiana in the nation’s capital during the 58th annual USSYP Washington Week which is scheduled to take place March 7-14. Lawrence was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study from The Hearst Foundation.

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity are selected annually to spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawrence serves as the president of the Student Council and the Youth and Government Club. As a Bezos Scholar, Robert is working in his community to foster conversation concerning students’ mental health needs within the educational environment. A leader in Louisiana’s Youth and Government program, he has lobbied on Capitol Hill as a YMCA National Youth Advocate and presented to the general assembly of the Conference on National Affairs. He plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in international relations, then obtain a law degree focusing on international trade or arbitration.

The purpose of the Senate program is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”