Bobby Larsen of Papillion-La Vista South High School and Joseph Zach of Omaha Skutt High School are Nebraska's delegates to this year's U.S. Senate Youth Program.
The program, established in 1962, brings outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service to Washington, D.C., for a week. This year's event is March 8 to 15.
Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will meet with the president, congressional leaders and a Supreme Court justice.
All expenses are paid for by the Hearst Foundations. In addition, each student receives a $5,000 college scholarship.
Students selected for the program must demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities, a commitment to volunteer work and rank academically in the top 1 percent in their state.
Larsen serves as Student Council vice president and is a member of National Honor Society. He is in the marching band and jazz band, speech captain and newspaper copy chief. He is the public relations chair for the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council in Papillion.
Zach is a member of Student Council and is involved in Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. He plays football and volunteers in the community.
Nebraska's alternates are Paul Weber from Cedar Bluffs High School and Julie Slama from Auburn High School.