A Douglas High School senior has been selected to represent Arizona in the United States Youth Senate program.
Victor Anaya, the son of Salvador and Shirley Anaya of Douglas, will be one of two delegates representing Arizona at a conference that will be held this coming March 7-14 in Washington D.C. The conference will consist of an intensive week teaching delegates educational, leadership, and diplomacy skills. Anaya will also get a chance for a meeting with Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema.
“I am very excited and humbled to represent Arizona in this program, but especially to represent Douglas, a town that I have grown up in,” Anaya said. “I was surprised when I was informed I had been selected.”
According to the DHS senior, the United States Senate Youth Program is a merit-based and highly competitive program.
“A total of 104 high school seniors, from all of the United States will join together to meet the highest-level officials from each branch of government,” he said. “The program includes an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and scholarship money to be used at an undergraduate college.”
“I have been chosen based on my interview and detailed application requiring a submission of a resume, an essay of the ‘ethical point of view on the civil rights act of 1964’, and listing extraordinary leadership accomplishments within my community and extracurricular activities,” Anaya went on to say. “The extraordinary leadership accomplishments I hold are passing the Tobacco 21 law within my community along with the Cochise County Youth Health Coalition, being a two time national competitor in June 2018 and 2019 with the Future Health Professional organization named HOSA, being the HOSA chapter president of this year, having volunteered at the Douglas Summer Recreational Center for two summers from June to July in 2017 to 2018, and being the current Student Body Secretary for this year. All of this was achieved while maintaining my 4.0 high school GPA.”
Anaya added, he is very excited for this opportunity.
“I’m hoping to use this to bring more attention to Douglas,” he said. “We have so much potential in terms of economic growth and better education. I want to use this opportunity to talk about all that Douglas has to offer.”