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Medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons elected to United States Senate Youth Alumni Association Board of Directors

March 14, 2010

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, March 6th, the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association (USSYAA) elected Suchita Shah, a second-year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (Class of 2012), to serve as Parliamentarian on the USSYAA Board of Directors.

"The Board felt confident entrusting Ms. Shah with the Parliamentarian position because of her continued involvement with the American Medical Association, particularly her service on the Rules Convention Committee," 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 educational needs of alumni, and supporting the USSYP.

Ms. Shah joined the USSYAA in celebrating Sandra Day O'Connor's, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 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.

Ms. Shah graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and attended the USSYP as a Wisconsin Delegate from Holmen High School in 2005.

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: Suchita Shah, USSYP Alumni Class of 2005, and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.
Pictured from left to right: Suchita Shah, USSYP Alumni Class of 2005, and Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Don Tanguilig.