Exemplifying passion for politics at all levels, Abigail Scholer serves as Junior Class Vice President at Hoggard High School, has ascended to the bench of the NC Youth Appellate Court, and interns for Congressman David Rouzer. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA in studying Political Science at the university level, she has contributed over 450 hours of service to her community, and feels that the Senate Youth experience will broaden her perspective on making a key difference through leadership.
2016 Senate Youth Delegate - Walter Jackson, IV
A senior at Scotland High School, Walter Turner Jackson, IV serves in several leadership roles for civic, political, and academic organizations in his community. Some of these organizations include his church’s youth ministry, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and the North Carolina Teen Democrats. Walter is extremely honored that he was chosen to participate in this year’s U.S. Senate Youth Program. He feels that the exposure to the political process from this program will greatly enhance his leadership abilities.
2016 First Alternate - Mina Yakubu
Mina Yakubu, a junior at New Hanover High School, currently serves as the Student Body Treasurer. Involved in her community, Mina volunteers at the local domestic violence shelter and is part of Teen Court as an attorney. Giving back to her community is important because she believes it is her duty as a citizen. Mina knows that participating in the Senate Youth will help her to better serve her community and state as well as gain the knowledge in order to succeed in her goals to ignite change.
2016 Second Alternate - Barony R. Torres
Barony Torres is a senior in a five year program at the Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership in Statesville, NC. He serves as the Judge of the school’s student court; which acts as the school’s student government association. Founder and president of the Political Assembly club which debates political, legislative, and judicial issues, Barony feels the Senate Youth experience will be key in furthering his interest in politics and his desire to make a difference in his community.