ACT senior Tayon Kulos from Norwich, an acting/performance major at ACT, was named one of 16 finalists in Connecticut for the Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program.
Founded and sponsored by the Hearst Foundation, the United States Senate Youth Program was established in 1962 and offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leader finalists from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity are selected to spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action.
“I applied to this program because it will allow me to get access to the behind the scenes action regarding how our government runs and will allow me to engage in political office before I get older,” said Kulos. “I strive to study as an undergraduate political science major with aspirations to enter public office at the local, state and federal level. Before that, I hope to serve as an activist against government corruption and social justice issues.”
ACT offers exposure to politics through classes such as Civics, Foundations of Government and Creating Change in our Society. All ACT seniors participate in a Senior Project Legacy Project; students are required to make a lasting impact on the community through this yearlong senior capstone project.
“Tayon is a dedicated student who truly cares about our school community,” said ACT principal Sarah Mallory. “ACT helped Tayon come out of his shell and find his passion for acting. He has been able to focus his energy in an area he is passionate about while being held accountable to high academic standards. This has helped him realize his love for public service and his natural ability to help others.”