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‘Bright Paths:’ 2 NH Students Chosen For U.S. Senate Youth Program

 Two students from New Hampshire have been chosen to participate in the 62nd Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The pair — Michael Blair of Manchester Central High School and James Thibault of Winnisquam Regional High School — were selected by a panel of judges who evaluated the pool of top students nominated by principals throughout the state, officials said.

Each will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study, and represent the Granite State in an intensive, virtual study of the federal government in Washington, D.C. this coming March.

Blair is a senior and has served as class president at Manchester for the past three years. He is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and is involved with the Choose Love Movement.

“Using his role on the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council on Substance Misuse and Prevention, Blair utilizes positive peer pressure to advance New Hampshire’s No Safe Experience campaign and advocates against teen drug use,” officials wrote in a news release.

Blair plays three sports and also serves as a student ambassador at Safe Sports, promoting safety and healthy behaviors in youth sports.

“A born leader, Blair understands the importance of being an active listener who wants to serve his community well,” officials wrote.

Thibault — a senior at Winnisquam — is chairman and education committee chair of the New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council, on which he has served for the past three years, according to officials. He’s also a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Youth Advisory Council on Substance Misuse and Prevention.

“Earlier in his high school career, Thibault was active with school leadership organizations, but found he wanted to accomplish more to help others on a higher level,” officials wrote. “He attends school board meetings to stay informed and is often the only student there. Through the council he is on, Thibault has made connections that inspire him and advise him on how to advance his political aspirations.”

Both students have been given a “tremendous opportunity” that will “lead them on bright paths to public service,” Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut wrote in the news release.

“It will be exciting to see their future careers unfold,” Edelblut continued, adding he was impressed with their academic achievements and extensive volunteer service.

The scholarships are provided by the Hearst Foundations, which has fully funded the program since its creation in 1962. More than 6,000 students have participated, including several well-known politicians.

Colton Murphy, a senior at Hopkinton Middle-High School, and Jonathan Tudor, Jr., a senior at Newmarket Junior-Senior High School, have been chosen as alternates for this year’s program.

Source : Patch