The United States Senate Youth Program invited Luke Webster, a senior at Henry Clay High School, to participate in its 57th annual Washington Week earlier this spring. He and a student from Louisville, as part of the 104-member delegation, also received $10,000 college scholarships with encouragement toward study of government, history, and public affairs. This competitive merit-based program, created in 1962 and funded by The Hearst Foundations, provides an intensive weeklong study that helps youth understand the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and value democratic decision making and public service.
At Henry Clay, Luke serves as a member of the Student Council and the vice president of the Young Republicans. He is also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, covering local, state, and national politics. Luke is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a former state officer of the Junior Classical League, a member of the Kentucky Teen Court Program, and a captain of Henry Clay’s varsity swim team. Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne D. Lewis Jr. confirmed Luke for the Senate Youth Program after his nomination by teachers and principals. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top 1% of their states among high school juniors and seniors.