A West Forsyth High School student has been picked as one of two selected to represent Georgia at the United States Senate Youth Program, or USSYP, in Washington D.C.
Kendall Chamberlain, a senior, will spend a week in the nation’s Capitol, serving as one of the Georgia delegates to USSYP in March 2018.
Judy Hollandsworth, assistant administrator for West Forsyth High School said the school is “very proud Kendall was selected for this esteemed program.”
Before this award, Chamberlain had already amassed a long list of achievements including: being appointed chief justice for the 73rd annual Youth Assembly; testifying before Georgia’s Senate Rules Committee supporting a resolution recognizing a Georgia Childhood Cancer Awareness Day; and participating in many government-related conferences and events.
According to Chamberlain, she didn’t realize the impact she could make on the legal system until she started attending the events. She said it was only after she lost a close friend to cancer that she knew what she wanted to fight for.
“My biggest fear when I was younger was that I wouldn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Chamberlain said. “To have all of these experiences, I know that I found a passion and a place where I belong, and it’s shown me the impact of a voice.”
Chamberlain helped to raise more than $10,000 toward childhood cancer research and helped to co-sponsor a bill recognizing a Georgia Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, all before the age of 18.
She said that finding her ability to affect change in the world is what drives her forward in life and that this opportunity at USSYP is another experience to grow and learn from.
“Through my past experiences, my opinion and perception of myself has changed, seeing that with enough passion and the courage to see it through, I can cast a ripple large enough to create a true impact,” Chamberlain said
Chamberlain will also receive a college scholarship of $10,000. She said that she has been accepted to Berry College and will continue to study political science and law there.
USSYP was founded in 1962 to give exceptional students the opportunity to experience their national government in action. Each year the two highest achieving students from each state are selected to participate in the event by the various departments of education nationwide.