Jackson Hole High School senior Zoe Crisp is heading to Washington, D.C. ... virtually.
Crisp was named one of just two delegates for Wyoming in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, which usually gives selected students a weeklong trip to the nation's capital for an intensive look at how the federal government operates. Like many other things, this year's version has been moved online.
The inaugural virtual edition is an "exciting education and leadership forum for the nation’s most outstanding student leaders," a press release stated. Students will spend the week in online workshops and briefings with luminaries from the highest levels of the federal government, including the president and members of Congress.
Crisp will also receive a $10,000 scholarship through the Hearst Foundations, which funds the entire program so no taxpayer money goes toward it.
Teachers or administrators nominate students for the program, then state departments of education select their delegates and alternates. According to the press release, students chosen for the program have strong leadership skills and volunteer experience, and they are academically in the top 1% of kids in their states.
Crisp has a lengthy resume that qualified her for the program. In addition to being co-president of the Student Council, she has helped freshman acclimate to the high school, been a tutor for middle school students, assisted with Veterans Day programs at the high school and facilitated schoolwide discussions on issues of equity and inclusion.
She has interned at the law firm Mannen and Browne in preparation for a career in law. She plans to study political science at Charleston College next year and then go on to law school.