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Boston College Law School student selected to join United States Senate Youth Alumni Association Fundraising Committee

March 14, 2010

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, March 6th, the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association (USSYAA) selected Andrew Bonderud, a first-year student at Boston College Law School (Class of 2012), to serve on the USSYAA Finance and Investment Committee, which oversees the finances, investments, and budget of the USSYAA.

"The Board felt confident adding Mr. Bonderud to the finance committee because of his legal education and unique interest in the USSYAA's financial future," said USSYAA President David Zavadsky, USSYP Alumnus, Class of 1990.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) offers an intensive, seven-day educational experience in Washington and scholarships to high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Each year, two outstanding students are selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Educational Activity. USSYP was authorized by the U.S. Senate and has been administered and funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations for the past 48 years.

The USSYAA was formed in 1999 to continue the late Rosalie Wynn Hearst's personal involvement with Delegates, which included serving as a second mother to 3,848 high school juniors and seniors participating as Delegates in the USSYP for almost 40 years. In order to honor "Mom Hearst", the USSYAA is dedicated to building and maintaining avenues of communication among alumni, providing financial assistance for the professional education of alumni, and supporting the USSYP.

Mr. Bonderud joined the USSYAA in celebrating retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor's personal acceptance of the inaugural Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award at the 12th annual USSYAA reception and dinner on Friday, March 5.

"Justice O'Connor's unparalleled career in state, federal and international public service makes her most deserving of the Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award," said Chief Judge Robert H. Henry of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who, along with U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME), introduced Ms. O'Connor at the dinner. Both Collins and Henry are alumni of the United States Senate Youth Program class of 1971.

Mr. Bonderud attended the USSYP in 2001 as a Delegate from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2005, he served four years as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer in Jacksonville, FL. He now lives in Boston, MA where he and his wife attend graduate school.

For more information about the United States Senate Youth Program, please visit www.ussenateyouth.org.

For more information about the USSYAA, please visit www.ussyaa.org.

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Bonderud, USSYP Alumni Class of 2001, additional USSYAA members and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.
Pictured from left to right: Andrew Bonderud, USSYP Alumni Class of 2001, additional USSYAA members and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.