By: Sharon Aron Baron
Congratulations to Coral Springs High School student Stephen Marante who was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to head to Washington, D.C. for the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).
Marante, part of a 104-national student delegation, joins Florida’s U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio at a weeklong event taking place March 3 – 10. He will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
“We’re really proud of Stephen,” said Coral Springs High School Principal Vivian Suarez. “He represents the spirit of community service in colt country.”
Suerez said Marante is a student advisor to the Broward County School Board, and is involved in student government where he’s led different programs including dance marathon which raised over $10,000 last year. She is constantly communicating with him as he has the pulse of the students. With him working as one of two school board representatives, it’s a really big commitment, and when he speaks, she said he always speaks for all Broward County students, not just Coral Springs students. She also shared that Marante will be this year’s emcee at this year’s Caliber Awards.
A senior, Marante plans to attend Florida State University to study political science and applied American politics. His parents are Michael and Annette Goldstein and Roly and Kara Marante. A resident of Parkland, he chose to continue attending Coral Springs High School after moving in his sophomore rather than attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas, as he didn’t want to leave his friends.
Marante is an executive board member for the Broward County Association of Student Councils. He was class president for three years, has been involved in speech and debate for four consecutive years, and is a member of U.S. Representative Ted Deutsch’s Congressional Youth Cabinet. He is also a member of the City of Coral Springs Teen Political Forum.
Each year, the extremely competitive USSYP merit-based program brings the most outstanding high school students – two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity – to Washington, D.C. for an intensive weeklong study of the federal government and the people who lead it. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent among high school juniors and seniors in their states.
While in Washington, the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United states and senior members of the national media. The students also tour many of the national monuments and several museums. Transportation, all expenses and a $10,000 college scholarship for each student delegate are provided by The Hearst Foundations.