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Kofa student chosen for U.S. Senate Summer Youth Program Program

Kofa High School student Joshua Garay has been selected as one of two students from the state of Arizona for the U.S. Senate Summer Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

"I plan to devote my entire life to the idea that no matter what the color of your skin is, no matter what background you come from, no matter where you were born, everyone deserves the same level of representation," said Garay, who currently serves as governor of Arizona's Junior State of America (JSA).

He has volunteered in many capacities to better the lives of many, organizing a March for Our Lives in rural Arizona and attending various political party meetings and voter registration drives. Joshua Garay (center).. photo by Hiram Jacobo, KHS

Garay is also the president of Kofa High School's Academic Decathlon class and chess team. When asked about what he is most looking forward to, Garay said, “I am particularly excited to share my opinions and experiences with some of the nation’s top leaders and also get to hear what they themselves have to say in hopes to better understand their role in policy. I am also looking forward to meeting the other delegates from their respective states.”

While in Washington, the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington.