Shaheen, Ayotte Congratulate New Hampshire Students Selected for 2016 Senate Youth Program

Diab Eid of Nashua and Jacob Marcus of Merrimack will participate in a week-long program in Washington

January 14, 2016

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced today that two exceptional New Hampshire students have been selected as delegates to the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C.  Diab “Dody” Eid of Nashua and Jacob Marcus of Merrimack will join more than 100 students from across the nation in Washington during the week of March 7-14 to experience the federal government in action. 

“New Hampshire will be well-represented by Dody and Jacob, and we are so pleased that they have been chosen for this exciting program,” said Senators Shaheen and Ayotte.  “We congratulate them on their achievements, and look forward to welcoming them to our nation’s capital in the spring.”

Eid, a senior at Nashua High School South, is the vice president of the Student Senate and a South representative to the Nashua School Board. Among his accomplishments, he founded the History Bowl team at South, and then went on to win the state tournaments in 2014 and 2015. Eid was also chosen to represent New Hampshire at the American Legion Boys Nation in 2015 in Washington. He plans to study economics and political science and would like to attend either Yale, Harvard or Georgetown.

Marcus attends Merrimack High School and is the president of the school’s band. He is also a representative in the Student Congress and a student representative to the Merrimack School Board. This year, Marcus took an interest in politics, founding the Young Politicians Club and serving as a community organizer for a presidential candidate. After high school, he would like to study political science and economics at a liberal arts college.

During its 54 year history, USSYP has brought more than 5,000 students to the nation's capital for an intensive week-long study of the federal government. While in Washington, the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with Senators and congressional staff, the President, a Supreme Court Justice, cabinet officials, and other government leaders. The students also have the opportunity to tour many of the national monuments and historic sites in the nation's capital.