Benjamin Chasan, a Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School student, was named a delegate in the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program. The program was held in Washington, D.C. during the week of March 8-15.
Chasan is one of only two from New York to join 104 students across the county invited to attend the program, according to the school district's website.
As a finalist, Chasan was invited to participate in an intensive, week-long study of the federal government. The goal of the program is to “instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.”
Additionally, each of the 104 delegates from across the nation were provided with a $5,000 college scholarship from The Hearst Foundation.At school, Chasan is the president of the student body and the Law Club, and a member of the executive board for the Teens as Leaders community service club. He is a member of the National, Science, Spanish and Business Honor Societies, and he has taken college level courses at Georgetown University. He has served as an intern for legislators in the Nassau County Legislature and New York State Assembly, and was a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge national finalist.