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January 13, 2022 at 8:04 PM

2022 U.S. Senate Youth Program

South Dakota Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program Students to Participate in Online Program and to Receive $10,000 Scholarship 


 January 11, 2022, Washington, D.C. —The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Grace Enz and Ms. Matea Joy Gordon will join Senator John Thune and Senator Michael Rounds in representing South Dakota during the 60th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 6 — 9, 2022. Grace Enz of Brookings and Matea Gordon of Whitewood were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 program will be held online, through a comprehensive and highly interactive virtual education and leadership forum. 


Matea Gordon, a senior at Sturgis Brown High School, serves as the president of the Senior Class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Journalism Club and Youth Leadership Team, is the Sturgis Future Farmers of America vice president and has represented South Dakota at Girls Nation. She has participated in Destination Imagination and band, and served as a House page during the 2021 South Dakota legislative session. She is involved in 4-H and has assisted with community service efforts including coordinating clothing, eyeglasses, book and hygiene product collection drives, and has coordinated a statewide Zoom session with speakers on mental health awareness for teens. She has authored two online children's books to teach youth about making healthy choices. Matea plans on attending South Dakota State University to study agricultural economics and policy and then attend law school.