February 22, 2021, Washington, D.C. — The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Ailani Savannah Baldwin and Ms. Khanh Le Doan will join Senator Patty Murray and Senator
Maria Cantwell in representing Washington during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14 — 17, 2021. Ailani Baldwin of Vancouver and Khanh Doan of Everett were selected from among the state’s
top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will break ground as the first-ever fully
virtual Washington Week, and is designed to be a highly interactive and exciting education and leadership forum for the nation’s most outstanding student leaders.
The alternates will receive $250 from AWSP to help with their higher education costs. To learn more about the winners and the program, read the full press release. To learn how to apply in the future, read AWSL's USSYP page.
Contact Information: For questions about Washington's delegates, alternates, or selection process, email Roz Thompson or reach her by phone at (360) 357-7951. For general information about the United States Senate Youth Program, email Program Director Ms. Rayne Guilford or reach her by phone at (800) 425-3632.
Khanh Doan is a senior at Mariner High School in Mukilteo, Washington. Khanh is a leader in her school, holding offices in ASB, National Honor Society, and in the Junior State Association. She volunteers her time to teach Vietnamese
and to work on political campaigns. After graduating, Khanh will attend Columbia University in New York with plans to double major in Political Science and Ethnicity and Race Studies. She is interested in attending law school to
study civil rights or education law and intends to hold a political office in the future.
Ailani Baldwin is a senior at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School in Vancouver, Washington. Ailani is the Vice President of the ASB and the Legislative Affairs Director for the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory
Council. She helped to establish the Students of Color Union at her school and works to address systemic racism in the educational system. Ailani will attend Wellesley College to study Political Science and Communications and intends
to work long term on advocating for more accessible and equitable higher education opportunities for low income students of color.
Zaina Ibrahim is a senior at Hanford High School in Richland, Washington. She is the ASB President at Hanford and a member of the Association of Washington Student Leaders Student Voice and Advisory Council. Zaina is working to amend
her school’s policy on hate crime and hate speech and works to help Syrian refugees in her community get established. She will study Political Science and International Relations at a four year university and plans to join the Peace Corps after
college. Her long term plans are to continue working on behalf of vulnerable populations around the world.
Long Doan is a senior at Southridge High School in Kennewick, Washington. He is an ASB officer and student representative on the Kennewick School Board. Long is very involved in other school clubs and has spent hundreds of hours as a
volunteer in his community for many events, including providing academic assistance to other students. He will attend Stanford University and plans to major in Biology and Political Science. Long intends to find the intersectionality between medicine
and government and will work to improve the healthcare sector.