Roosevelt Student Wins Spot In Senate Youth Program


Two students in South Dakota will be heading to our nation’s capitol soon to witness first hand how the government works. Roosevelt senior Jack Brenneman is one of the kids who won a chance to participate in the prestigious Senate Youth Program. 

A fan of politics and a standout student, Jack Brenneman was excited when he found out he landed one of the top two scores on the Senate Youth Program test. 

“In March I’ll head to D.C. for a week and we’ll do some Senate stuff. We’ll meet people like the President, Supreme Court Justices and such. See how the national government works and in addition to that, the scholarship,” Brenneman said. 

On top of the trip, Brenneman also gets a $10,000 scholarship. He’s applied to several universities including Georgetown. 

He’s excited to be making a trip to Washington, D.C., and hopes to pursue a future in politics down the road. 

“I just think elections are really fun, really cool. I just find politics really engaging,” Brenneman said.  

He’s well aware of the current climate and would like to see a complete end to the partial government shutdown. 

“I don’t think that it’s in the best interest of the American people and I’d like our lawmakers to stop using the American people as pawns in their political game,” Brenneman said. 

Brenneman’s success is no surprise to Joel Sage, an English teacher and the Advanced Placement Program Director at Roosevelt.  

“Jack is a phenomenal person and he’ll finish with a GPA well north of 4.0 and we look forward to seeing what he does in the future,” Sage said. 

Being involved with student council and a handful of other groups has helped prepare him for this moment. Brenneman encourages other students to find what they enjoy and go after it. 

“So I would say joing things that you actually care about and are interested in for perspective and incoming high schoolers and such,” Brenneman said. 

Brenneman and a Spearfish student will join Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds in representing South Dakota in the nation’s capital during the 57th annual Senate Youth Program Washington Week from March 2-9.

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