Two students from Lincoln Public Schools have been selected as delegates to the 56th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program on March 3-10 in Washington, D.C., an honor that also includes a $10,000 college scholarship.

Nicole Fintel, a junior at Lincoln East High School, and Bouthaina Ibrahim, a junior at Lincoln Northeast, were chosen from students across Nebraska.

It’s believed to be the first time that both of the state’s delegates were from the same school district.

While in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, congressional staff, the president and a justice of the Supreme Court. They also will tour many of the national monuments and several museums.

The program is designed to increase young Americans’ understanding of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federal officials, and emphasize the importance of democratic decision-making.

Fintel is class vice president at East, a student ambassador and a member of the speech team. She has interned for a U.S. congressman, worked on two political campaigns and is an intern for Nebraskans for Civic Reform. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D., majoring in political science or pre-law, with a minor in biological chemistry.

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Ibrahim serves as student council vice president at Northeast. She has helped organize Make-A-Wish events and hunger drives and mentors fourth-grade students. She holds a teaching position at the Islamic Foundation of Lincoln and is a hospital volunteer. She's interested in majoring in political science and international affairs and wants to be a U.S. ambassador.

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s state delegates were chosen by Commissioner of Education Matthew L. Blomstedt.


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