Lebanon Reporter

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January 18, 2014

Garrard selected as one of two in state for national program

Lebanon — A Lebanon High School junior has been selected as one of only two Indiana students to have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. as part of the United States Senate Youth Program.LHS Junior Class President Justin Garrard applied for the program after learning about it from some friends he made in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership last summer.“I read through the program and thought it was pretty cool, that it would be worthwhile,” Garrard said. “I was pleasantly surprised I was selected.”Ten finalists from the state of Indiana were selected, Garrard being one of only two high school juniors, after applying with a resume and an essay on due process. The finalists then had to take an exam, consisting of multiple choice, essay and an interview portion. Garrard and Eashan Kumar of Munster were selected as the two students to participate by the Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction.“This is quite an honor for me to be one of only two students from the state selected,” Garrard said. “I’m grateful to my school leaders and the state superintendent for having the faith in me to represent Indiana at this prestigious event, which will be a great learning opportunity.”LHS Principal Kevin O’Rourke said he is very proud of Garrard, who is a hard worker and a young man of integrity and great character.“When you see someone with so much talent, you want to see them reach their potential,” he said. “And Justin is definitely doing that. He will be very successful one day.”The intense study of federal government will be from March 8 to 15 in Washington, D.C. The students will attend meetings and briefings with the U.S. president, senators and congressional staff and will meet a Supreme Court justice. They will also tour historical sites and monuments.

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