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Charlottesville Student Heads To Capitol Hill

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 1, 2006

A student at Charlottesville High School is stretching his academic abilities beyond Charlottesville, and representing the state of Virginia in the Nation's capital. This teenager was picked to serve in the United States Senate Youth Program.

Meet Brian Walter Bills, an eleventh grader at Charlottesville High School, who has the demeanor to rival any politician. Combined with academic skills, Brian is well on his way to Capitol Hill.

"I don't think I'll make a good elected official, but maybe in some sort of support capacity I guess," said Brian Bills.

He has been selected to serve as a delegate for the 44th Annual United States Senate Youth Program.

"I'm just very interested in the political world, so I hope this will be my first exposure to high-level political stuff," said Bills.

Brian is one of only two students from Virginia to win the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program scholarship, dedicated to inspiring future leaders. Picked by the state's school superintendent, the junior obviously stands out in Virginia, but in Charlottesville he also stands out.

"Every year, the school nominates someone for the program, but this is the first year we've actually had someone chosen, " said Kishure who teaches Bills in his U.S. History Class.

The program started in 1962, and gives two students from each state a $5,000 scholarship to be used on undergraduate studies. The high school junior or senior selected also gets an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to get to know almost everyone who is someone in government for a week while getting an intense study of U.S. government.

"I get all these questions all the time of 'what do you want to be when I grow-up?' I do not really have a good answer, so I am kind of hoping this will really help me in my quest for meaning in life," added Bills.

Brian's parents say they are very proud of their son. Brian leaves for Washington, D.C. On Saturday, March 4th and wraps up the week on Capitol Hill with a special lunch with the Senators on Saturday, March 11th.


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