Cape Fear Academy Student Chosen As One of Two NC Delegates to the US Senate Youth Program

Victor Agbafe, a senior at Cape Fear Academy, was appointed this week by Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis as a delegate  to the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7 – 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.   Agbafe and Christine McDow, also of Wilmington, were chosen as the two North Carolina students to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual WashingtonWeek. 

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324; no government funds are utilized.

Victor Agbafe serves as the Student Body president at Cape Fear Academy. He is heavily involved in the North Carolina Youth and Government program and the Young Democrats club. He has held statewide positions in Youth and Government and has represented his state on a national level. He has also led voter registration initiatives in his community. Victor feels that participation in the Senate Youth Program will enhance his understanding of our nation’s political and governmental processes.