The U.S. Senate Youth Program announced high school students Justin Chan, of Middletown, and Vyshnavi Kosigishroff, of Newark, joined Sens. Thomas Carper and Christopher Coons in representing Delaware in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, March 3-10.

Chan and Kosigishroff were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Chan attends Middletown High School and serves as his Junior Class vice president. Additionally he is the vice president of the Student Council, president of the local Business Professionals of America chapter as well as president of the Mathematics Club. He volunteers at the library, fundraisers and provides tutoring.

Chan’s extracurricular activities include Debate club, Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, Delaware Mathematics League and Technology club. He plans to study business administration in banking/finance and applied mathematics. After college, Chan would like to gain experience in private industry before running for public office where he can use his economic skills and abilities to better the U.S. economy.

Kosigishroff attends Newark Charter School and serves as the senior class treasurer. She is the founder and president of Environmental Club, and is founder and lead organizer of the Delaware March for Science. Kosigishroff was an invited presenter at the DuPont Summit, chosen for Girls’ State, and elected to Girls’ Nation where she met Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons on Capitol Hill.

Kosigishroff is co-president of Model United Nations, and interned with Sewa USA, a Hindu faith-based service organization. She plans to study economics and law to create a public-interest law firm, and eventually serve as a U.S. senator to advocate for the environment and ethical business.

Chosen as alternates to the 2018 program were Matthew Gerald Hesterman, of Woodside, who attends Polytech High School and Connor James Wagaman, of Wilmington, who attends Concord High School.

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