Enterprise High School Senior Eleanor Covington was chosen as one of two delegates for the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program.
“I was really blown away when I got it but I also really excited because it means I get to visit Washington (D.C.), which I’ve never had the chance to do before,” Covington said.
Each year two delegates from every state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity are chosen to attend the USSYP Washington Week. Covington, along with Oak Mountain High School Senior Matthew Bray, will join Sen. Richard Shelby and Doug Jones during the trip.
Covington said she’s excited to visit the city for the first time.
“I think (I’m most excited for) getting to see all the iconic monuments and locations that have played a part in our country’s history along with meeting people who are currently influencing the country today,” Covington said. “Also getting to meet the other students who are going on the trip. I’ve had contact with a lot of them and they’re really amazing people so I think this a great way for me to learn about Washington to then bring back to my community.”
The merit-based program serves a week-long study of the federal government and those who lead it. Delegates are scheduled to attend meetings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, congressional staff, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, ambassadors of the United States and senior members of the national media, according to the official USSYP release.
Covington said she’s looking forward to meeting these individuals and learning how the government works.
“I’m excited to see not only the technical procedures of how they go through it but like the determination that the people have when they’re trying to implement these plans,” Covington said. “These are people who have visions of what the world could be and how to make the world a better place and they are up there working on them right now. I think it will be a very inspirational experience.”
As part of being selected, Covington will receive a $10,000 scholarship for undergraduate study. She said she’s grateful for the opportunity to continue her education.
“It means a lot to me because I’ve always wanted to go to college and for a long time, I wasn’t certain if I’d be financially able,” Covington said. “But now having the scholarship means that I will get to go on to college and I’m hoping to use it for room and board or books wherever I end up.”
Covington expressed her thanks to the Enterprise City Schools System, EHS and her parents.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done with program if it wasn’t for the teachers at the school and my parents so really I want to learn things that I can give back to my community,” Covington said.