Boston University Academy Student Selected as Massachusetts Representative to U. S. Senate Youth Program

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry recently announced that Ian Beatty, an Auburndale resident and student at Boston University Academy, was one of two Bay State students chosen to be part of the 46th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. A total of 104 delegates will participate in the program, to be held March 1–8, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

The delegates are selected by the chief educational officer in each state after nomination by teachers and principals. Possessing exceptional leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service, this year’s students rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition to the program week, the foundation grants each of the student delegates a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

An outstanding member of the Boston University Academy class of 2008, Ian Beatty is active with the State Student Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education and the Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council. He is also a student leader at BUA, serving as the vice president of Student Council, a peer advisor, a peer tutor and an admissions tour guide, as well as co-captaining the school’s varsity soccer team and playing on the varsity basketball team.

As a senior, Ian Beatty takes several courses at Boston University, and is interested in studying history and business in college. His senior thesis, a year-long, independent research project with a university faculty advisor, is on the ties between the rise of nationalism and guerilla warfare. Ian is the son of David and Elinor Beatty.

The United States Senate Youth Program was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation since its inception. The impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

Each year the 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 student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

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