Students and Families

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 2020 U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates!

The Minnesota Department of Education is pleased to announce the two outstanding students chosen to represent Minnesota at the 2020 U.S. Senate Youth Program. Congratulations to Lara Pfrimmer from Rochester High School and Yash Anant Mangalick from Edina High School.

Lara serves as the president of the Rochester Public Schools' Student School Board and is a member on the Olmsted County's Community Services Advisory Board. She has worked to increase engagement and participation in student government through thoughtful, planned outreach to underrepresented student groups.

Yash serves on the Edina Planning Commission and was also appointed student senator to the Principal’s Advisory Council, where he helps solve school issues. He is also a cabinet member for the school group Edina Mosaic, which builds bridges and unifies the student body by tackling divisive social issues.

Minnesota’s representatives to the 58th annual leadership education program spend a week in Washington D.C., in March 2020, meeting with the highest level officials from each branch of government. In addition, each student receives a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

Minnesota also selected two alternates for the program. Ethan Buss, Washburn High School, is student council president and is an Emeritus Member of the CityWide Student Leadership Board. Zigi Flora Kaiser, from Minneapolis South High School, was selected as a U.S. Ambassador to Brazil by the U.S. Department of State and the Global Exchange and Development Program and used those experiences to develop a community service project at the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul.

The program is merit-based and highly competitive—the field of candidates was excellent. Each applicant showcased an impressive and unique set of skills and achievements. Choosing the finalists from such an amazing group of young people was not easy—being selected is quite an accomplishment!

Each of the delegates and alternates demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to their school and community through service, and an understanding of our political processes and the function of our national government.

Congratulations Yash, Lara, Zigi and Ethan!

Read more about the U.S. Senate Youth Program.