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  • Welcome To The North Carolina Department Of Public Instruction’s Senate Youth Program Webinar
    This Is An Information/
    Question & Answer Session
  • Areas We Want To Cover In This Information Session
    The purpose of the Senate Youth Program
    Qualifications to apply to attend the program
    Walk through NC application
    Discuss some suggestions for submitting a good essay
    Discuss the guidelines and expectations for the digital presentation
    Discuss how to submit via mail and online
    Questions and concerns from the attendees
  • Let’s Get Started
    Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each
    state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week.
    The student delegates also receive a $5000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue their studies in government and history.
    A website for easy online access to information that an
    interested candidate would need has been developed
    to provide direct access to the application, requirements, eligibility,
    qualifications, and links to the Hearst Foundation.
    Let’s briefly walk through some of the information and
    requirements together by going to the website and
    walking through the application, the essay and the digital
    presentation guidelines.
  • The Selection Process
    The Hearst Foundation’s general guidelines
    ofhow are the student delegates can be
    Public and private high school teachers and principals nominate qualified students beginning in early fall.
    To qualify students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in theircommunities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history and politics.
    Many states administer a comprehensive public affairs, government and history test prepared annually for the program by a college professor of political science and states may also ask for additional essays and/or personal interviews.
    The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection by December 1.
    The program is merit-based and highly competitive and the chosen delegates are consistently outstanding.
    The NC Department of Public Instruction’s guidelines of
    how are the student delegates will be selected?
    Public, private or charter school teachers, guidance counselors and principals nominate or inform qualified juniors or seniors beginning in early fall.
    Students who feel they are qualified may apply without being nominated, but must have their GPA verified and signatures on their completed applications from their principal, guidance counselor, supporting teacher, and a sponsor from a student government, civic or political organization.
    Must be a junior or senior in high school who shows academic
    interest and aptitude in government, history and politics and who
    is currentlyserving in an elected or appointed capacity in student
    government or a related school or community organization. 
    See: Eligibility in NC
    Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline determined.
    Applicants are notified as to whether the submitted application and materials are accepted or not accepted.
    Applications begin a process of review and judging in Phase I.
    Candidates are selected from Phase I to continue on to Phase II.
    Candidates selected to continue on to Phase II are invited to interview in Raleigh before a panel of judges.
    Candidates interview and take a qualifying exam.
    Judges determine the two (2) candidates who will represent NC in Washington, D.C. as well as the two (2) alternates.
    The NC state school superintendent validates the decision of the panel of judges.
    The NC Department of Public Instruction’s Senate Youth coordinator notifies the Hearst Foundation by December 1.
    The Hearst Foundation validates the decision and gives NCDPI approval to notify the selected delegates and alternates.
    NCDPI sends a press release statement to each selected delegate’s local superintendent and school communication department for their local publication.
    The program is merit-based and highly competitive and the chosen delegates are consistently outstanding.
  • What Happens After The Applications Are Submitted October 9, 2010?
    All applications are DUE October 9, 2010
    Submission prior to October 8 is recommended
    This will help anyone who may experience technology glitches or failure of any portion of a submission to reach its electronic destination.
    My materials have been submitted. Now what?
    First round of review
    Second round of review
    Phase I of the selection process -Essays are read and judged
    • The top 6 are selected to move on to the next phase
    Phase II of the selection process –Interview with a panel of judges and taking an exam
    Notification of the two winners sent to the Hearst Foundation
    Notification of the two winners sent to the winners, their schools and superintendents
    Press Release sent to the school districts of the winners
  • Let’s Discuss What To Expect In Washington, D.C.
    What happens during Washington Week?
    Washington Week is an intensive week of educational activities in the nation's capital encompassing the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government as well as a perspective on America from abroad.
    Events include meeting with the Senate Co-Chairs, Senate leadership and Senate parliamentarian and historian, a Justice of the Supreme Court, the President, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and other executive agencies, a foreign ambassador to the U.S. and senior members of the media. At each event the question and answer session is extensive giving the students direct interaction with the speaker. A highlight of the week is the annual Senate Youth Program Reception.
    The Department of Defense provides a team of selected military officers to accompany the delegates throughout the program.
    I’m really interested in…
    School Absence (Should Be Coded Excused)
    Check out the “Washington Week: Photos” available online at the Hearst Foundation to get a
    better impression of the type of dress code to expect at all times, the types of environments and
    activities you will be involved in, as well as the types of places you will visit and people you will
    meet. “Washington Week: Photos”
  • Time For Questions & Concerns From Webinar Participants
    What are some of your questions?
    Any questions or concerns you may have
    after this webinar please
    contact Michelle McLaughlin
  • Questions & Concerns From Webinar Participants…
    The following are some of the questions asked…
    I have been a member of student government
    for 3 years but this year we have a new
    advisor should I get my letter from the new
    advisor or the old one?
    I would suggest that you ask the advisor/sponsor
    that you feel the most comfortable with giving you
    a recommendation.  If you choose your new
    advisor, who may not be as familiar with the work
    you have done, you may like to ask them if they
    would like for you to provide them with a list of the
    accomplishments and contributions, etc. that you
    have had in working with the student government
    organization in your school. This may help them
    write a strong letter of recommendation. You may
    also try to contact the previous advisor to see if
    they will write a letter for you.
    On the website it says that applicants need to send two
    letters of support. What exactly should those letters be
    about and who should they be from?
    You will note that the application asks for a letter of
    support/recommendation from an adult who is the sponsor
    of the club or organization that you are using as a primary
    piece of support on your application and a letter from a
    teacher who can support your academic achievement in a
    letter of recommendation.
    Can the letters of recommendations be sent to you (Ms.
    McLaughlin) electronically and by mail, separate from my
    Applicants should be sure to send in their 2 letters of
    support both electronically as well as sending them in  with
    their mailed application. We need the hardcopies of the
    letters because we need the original with the signatures.
    Questions Continued
  • Questions & Concerns From Webinar Participants…
    The following are some of the questions asked…
    My school has not offered AP Government class, therefore I am
    wondering if I would be a competitive candidate when other
    candidates have already taken AP Govt. in preparation for the
    Hearst exam.
    Taking AP Government or another AP course is not a requirement
    to apply nor can it be considered a guarantee that any candidate
    who has taken such a course will have an advantage over a
    candidate who has not taken such a course. Each candidate will
    have to stand on his/her own merit, accomplishments, 
    academic achievements, knowledge of U.S. government, politics
    and current events, and the desire to excel. 
    How many questions are in the exam, and what is the
    duration of the exam?
    The exam in divided into five parts and each part is timed.  There
    may be anywhere from 60 to 80 questions. The exam is objective
    (multiple choice and true-false). Some years may see the use of
    the essay exam questions. However, we tend to ask candidates to
    write a formal essay on a current issue or political practice as a part
    of the original submission.
    Is there anything that you look for specifically in the application? What
    usually makes an application stand out to you? Are there any activities
    that you suggest I do before I turn in my application?
    The best advice that I can share with you is to make certain to follow
    directions and answer all questions and sections of the process
    completely.  Make sure that you get all requested signatures.  
    In the last 2 years, did all of the student winners take AP Government
    courses in their high school? If not, what types of AP courses had they
    completed prior to taking the Hearst Foundation exam in November?
    You do not have to worry about not having taken AP Government.  That
    fact will not hurt you.  Actually, only one of the winners in the past two
    year took AP government.  That is not a requirement. So do not worry if
    you are not taking that course.  AP courses are neither a requirement nor
    a means of any type of advantage in this process.   
    Questions Continued
  • Questions & Concerns From Webinar Participants…
    The following are some of the questions asked…
    If we get called to come to Raleigh for an interview is the
    interview with the panel of judges formal?
    Yes. Candidates should dress in their best interview attire. If
    you review some of the footage of delegates in D.C. you will
    get an idea of how to dress. Always put your best foot
    What types of questions or information does the exam focus
    The exam is already developed when it is sent to me and is made by the Hearst Foundation based on what they see as important in assessing a student's knowledge of U.S. government.
    The exam questions are sent to us by the Hearst Foundation. The questions seek to test your knowledge of the history of government, presidents and presidencies, how government is run, branches of government, current events issues in government, landmark Supreme Court cases and decisions, current justices and their views and how they usually vote, current cabinet members and major leadership positions in congress and who holds them, names of local current and newly elected government officials, etc. There is also a section that has been developed to focus on local NC government and NC government officials. The expectation of a finalist is that being a junior or senior you are knowledgeable of U.S. History and U.S. as well as your local government.
    Does the same guidance counselor have to sign both the space on the application
    to verify the GPA and the space for the counselor’s signature?
    No. You can have the same counselor who verified your GPA to proofread and
    sign your completed application, but it does not have to be the same person. The
    rationale for this answer is that by the time you get ready for the counselor to
    proof and sign your completed application the same person may not be available
    and you will want to get things signed and in the mail.
    For the video/digital presentation, is it ok if I play out what I usually do, because I
    do not have any footage of my community service, etc?  
    Good question. If I understand you correctly, you want to know if you can act out
    what you usually do in some type of dramatization representing things your do
    and participate in. That is acceptable and it sounds very creative. A great way to
    think about representing yourself in a presentation if you do not have any photos
    or video that you can access.
  • Thank You For Attending Our
    “Senate Youth Informational Webinar”
    We look forward to receiving
    your applications
    on or before October 9, 2010.
    Good Luck!