HEADED TO D.C.  — Arsenal Technical High School senior Aldo Medina is a member of the IPS Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Above, he poses with IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. In March, he represent Indiana as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program.


Arsenal Technical High School senior Aldo Medina has big plans for life after high school, and he recently received big news that will significantly boost those efforts.

Medina has been selected as one of only two students in Indiana to represent the state as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held in Washington, D.C. March 7–14, 2020. He will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

“I am so excited about joining such a well-accomplished network of public servants through this scholarship,” said Medina. “One of the first things I did, after I settled down from the surprise, was call my high school government teacher, Ms. Amanda Masterson, to thank her for her yearlong support.”

Medina is the first USSYP delegate selected from Indianapolis Public Schools since 1975. He currently serves as the chair of the Indiana Youth Legislative Advisory Council, where he prepares reports to the Indiana General Assembly and represents the council in official meetings with state legislators and government agencies. He also serves as a voice for teachers and peers as a member of the IPS Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

After graduating from Tech, Medina will attend Harvard University to study government as one of just four Indiana students admitted in early through the university’s Early Action program. After graduating from Harvard, he plans to pursue a career in public policy or international diplomacy.

More about the United States Senate Youth Program:

The USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution. Each year, two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education system overseas are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.

Qualified high school juniors or seniors must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs or community service.

Selected students will participate in Washington Week, an intensive week of unparalleled educational activities in the nation’s capital designed to deepen the student delegates’ understanding of the federal government and give them direct access to those who lead it.

To learn more about the program, click here: www.ussenateyouth.org.