OMAHA — At a time when many high school students start to shift their focus away from high school to prepare for college, Clary Doyle has worked to make the most of her final year at Duchesne. She just made the honor roll, she participates in or leads numerous clubs, she’s also a member of the softball team and pitched a no-hitter this fall. Now, she is one of just two students selected to represent Nebraska at the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program. Oh, she’s also student body president.

A panel of education leaders selected Doyle for the Senate Youth Program after a lengthy application and interview process. They selected her based on her academic performance, leadership qualities, and interest in government.

“I feel very honored to have been selected to represent Nebraska in the USSYP. Having the opportunity to meet Senator Sasse, Senator Fischer, and a justice of the Supreme Court both astonishes and excites me beyond words,“ Doyle said.

Typically, students travel to Washington, D.C., to visit with members of congress however this year’s program will be totally virtual. Doyle and other students are scheduled to meet with the president, senators, a justice of the Supreme Court, high-ranking cabinet officials, and members of the national press. The award also includes a $10,000 college scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundation.

She hopes to pursue a legal career. Doyle says she and her classmates talk about what they’ll do to make the world a better place.

“It is my firm belief that Duchesne students change the world. I aspire to do this through the legal system and many of my peers constantly tell me of their ambitions to foster good in the world in other equally valuable areas,” Doyle said.

Dr. Laura Hickman, Duchesne Academy Principal, says Doyle works hard for her classmates, and students from all classes view her as a role model.

“Over her four years at Duchesne Clary has embraced and modeled our Sacred Heart goals. I’m confident she will use her leadership skills to make our community a better place,” Hickman said.

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