Hofmeister Congratulates Students Chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program


OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 9, 2018) – Two Oklahoma high school students have been named this year’s state delegates to the 56th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which brings together two student leaders from every state and Washington D.C. for a week-long trip to the nation’s capital.

Ravi Patel from Southmoore High School in Moore and J. Michael Bond from Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City will join 100 other delegates from around the country March 3-10 in Washington D.C.

“Ravi and J. Michael exemplify leadership within their schools and their communities and are destined for life-changing accomplishments beyond high school,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “I am extremely proud of these young men and delighted they will be representing Oklahoma on the national stage.”

Patel serves as class president at his school. He is also involved in Youth and Government as Speaker of the House, Random Acts of Kindness Club and Oklahoma Youth Empowerment Society. He is on the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Teen Philanthropy Board and is a Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Year Intern. Patel is also part of the Next Generation Youth Political Action Committee. He enjoys hiking and playing golf.

Bond is the student body president at his school, the Spanish National Honor Society president and plays varsity basketball. He volunteers at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and is an intern for Mick Cornett for Governor 2018. He is the founder and president of Bonds Between Us Foundation. He has been involved in leadership at his school all four years, including many offices in student government and the Spanish National Honor Society. Bond also plays the piano.

David Edward Beau Barton of Vian High School and Alexandria Grace Gray of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City were chosen as alternates.

During their trip to Washington D.C. this spring, Patel and Bond will meet with prominent officials from every branch of government and related fields, including members of Congress, congressional staff, the President, a Supreme Court justice, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and members of the national media.

Both students were chosen by Hofmeister after a rigorous application process that adhered to high standards set by the USSYP.

The USSYP has been sponsored by the U.S. Senate and fully funded by the Hearst Foundation since its inception in 1962. The stated goal of USSYP is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but people around the world.”

Patel and Bond will also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue their studies in government, history and public affairs.

Last updated on January 9, 2018