Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) congratulated Idaho’s delegates for the 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) held March 4-11, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Emma Brulotte, Twin Falls, and William Tadje, Eagle, were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to participate alongside 102 other students in the national delegation. The purpose of the program is to provide an in-depth educational experience to students interested in pursuing careers in public service.
“Congratulations to Emma and William for being chosen to serve as Idaho’s delegates in this highly competitive program,” Crapo said. “They have displayed incredible leadership in their respective schools and communities, and I am proud to have them come to Washington to represent our great state.”
Emma Brulotte, a senior at Canyon Ridge High School, serves as her school's National Honor Society president. She has also been Junior Class vice president and treasurer, publications editor and an Idaho Syringa Girls State delegate. Emma has participated in speech and debate and the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholarship Program. She works with the Boys and Girls Club and has served as a youth rock climbing coach. Emma has also volunteered and been a member of Key Club and is currently a member of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Student Advisory Council. She will serve as a legislative page in the Idaho State Legislature this spring. Emma will graduate high school with both a diploma and an Associate's degree in political science and will continue her studies in international relations.
William Tadje, a senior at Eagle High School, serves as the Student Body co-president. He has also been Associated Student Body treasurer, sophomore class president, Key Club treasurer and Idaho High School Athletics Association Student Advisory Council president. William is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Honor Society. He has volunteered at the Boise Rescue Mission, Agency for New Americans and Globe Aware. He is captain of the varsity tennis team and a member of the Academic Decathlon team. William hopes to study political science in college and attend law school with the goal of serving in the Idaho State Legislature.
In addition to Emma and William, Avery Ann Charles and Amaia Ruth Clayton, both residents of Eagle, were chosen as the two alternates to this year’s program.
During the program’s week in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators, the President, a justice of the Supreme Court, cabinet members, federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media, among others.
In addition to this experience, each of the delegates will receive a $10,000 college scholarship. The scholarship and program week in Washington, D.C., has been funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation since the USSYP’s inception. All transportation, meals and accommodations are provided. No government funds are utilized for the program.