Dec 2, 2009 5:22 PM by Bea Karnes

Monument teen selected for Washington, D.C. program

Lewis-Palmer High School student body president Olivia Prosseda has been chosen for a prestigious program in Washington, DC. She's be one of two delegates from Colorado for the 48th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program next year.

Prosseda carries a 4.0 grade point average in Advanced Placement classes of chemistry, calculus, statistics and language and composition. Other achievements include being a Hugh O'Brian Leadership Scholar winner and a National Honor Society inductee. She has received outstanding student awards in civics and English.

Her selection was announced Wednesday by Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones, who also chose Axel Urie from Grand Junction, "Congratulations to these two outstanding students and young leaders. Their commitment to their education is matched by their dedication to their school and the broader community. Olivia and Axel will shine as representatives of Colorado."

The Senate Youth Program will be held March 6-13, 2010. It includes a week of intensive study of the federal government and, in particular, the U.S. Senate. Each participant will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

Prosseda plans a future in politics.

Lindsey Jo Wagner, who attends Manitou Springs High School, is an alternate.


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