Perry Arrasmith, Student Association vice president from Aiea High School, and Zachary Espino, student body president from Kailua High School were chosen to represent Hawaii at the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington D.C. in March.


Hawaii DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said “We are proud of these students for their leadership roles in student government and are confident that they will represent Hawaii well.” In Washington D.C. Arrasmith and Espino will participate in Washington Week, which includes events and tours that give the student delegates opportunities to meet elected officials and officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and get to meet with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. They will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the university of their choice.


“Arrasmith is a senior at Aiea High School. In addition to serving as the vice president of the school’s Student Association, he is the chairman of the Council of Organizations, captain of the Speech and Debate team and president and founder of the Aiea High School Students for Democracy club. Espino is a senior at Kailua High School where he is the student body president and member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as the vice chairman for the Hawaii State Student Council.” (Hawaii DOE)

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) was established in 1962 for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. For more information, please click here.

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