SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CONGRATULATE NEW HAMPSHIRE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

Devin McMahon of East Hampstead and Jessie Osgood of Henniker will spend week in nation’s capital studying the federal government

January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced today that two outstanding New Hampshire students have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C.  Devin McMahon of East Hampstead and Jessie Osgood of Henniker 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. 

“Devin and Jessie represent the best of New Hampshire and our nation, and they have a very bright future ahead of them,” said Senators Shaheen and Ayotte.  “We look forward to congratulating them in person when they visit Washington this spring.”  

McMahon, a senior at Pinkerton Academy, serves as the Student Council president and Future Business Leaders of America community service coordinator.  She is also the Student Council district vice president, a board member on the State Student Council, and the founder of a nonprofit called Your Eyes Wide Open which supports education in developing countries.  In the organization’s first year, McMahon raised enough money to sponsor eight children in Ethiopia for one year.  Last summer she participated in an international entrepreneurship competition based in Boston, where she and her team won first place.    

Osgood, a student at John Stark Regional High School, serves as a student representative to the school board and has been a member of the Model United Nations Leadership Team since entering high school.  She has excelled academically and is recognized as a leader in her school and an active member of her community.  Last year she organized a road race to raise money for pancreatic cancer research in memory of her uncle, who died from the disease.  She plans to pursue a Liberal Arts degree.

During its 51 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.