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University of Florida student invited by the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association to celebrate an evening with Justice O'Connor

March 14, 2010

WASHINGTON – Mr. John Moran, a University of Florida sophomore, joined the USSYAA in celebrating former 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 United States Senate Youth Alumni Association (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.

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 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award is named for the late Rosalie Wynn Hearst, who became a second mother to 3,848 high school juniors and seniors participating as Delegates in the USSYP for almost 40 years. The USSYAA was formed in 1999 to continue "Mom" Hearst's personal involvement with Delegates. It is dedicated to building and maintaining avenues of communication among alumni, providing financial assistance for the professional educational needs of alumni, and supporting the USSYP.

Mr. Moran attended the USSYP as a Florida Delegate from Lawton Chiles High School in 2008.

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: John Moran, USSYP Alumnus, Class of 2008, and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.
Pictured from left to right: John Moran, USSYP Alumnus, Class of 2008, and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.