Sen. Romney honors two Utah students selected for Senate Youth Program


Senator Mitt Romney recently honored two Utah students for being selected for the United States Senate Youth Program.

Emmalyn Aline Pykles, from Bountiful, and Keven Yanlin Zhang, from Cottonwood Heights, were selected from among several top students to be a part of the 104 member student delegation and will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship from the program.

“The Senate Youth Program recognizes some of the nation’s top student leaders, and Emmalyn and Keven are two of Utah’s brightest,” said Sen. Mitt Romney. “Their record of achievement in student government, the arts, and their communities is impressive. I was delighted to welcome Emmalyn and Keven to the nation’s capital and present them with their scholarships. I look forward to their continued accomplishments as part of the next generation of leaders.”

Included below is more information on the students courtesy of the Senator’s office.

Emmalyn Pykles, a senior at Bountiful High School, serves as the vice president of the Student Body. She has a passion for music, travel, and people, and has been involved in community service, leadership roles, and various musical activities for all of her teenage years. She has participated in class committees, Hope Squad, city youth council, choir, student government, leadership conferences, church activities, and Utah Girls State. Emmalyn is also interning with the Better Days 2020 organization this spring. She plans on attending a full-time university in the fall and is considering a career in public service.

Keven Zhang, a senior at West High School, serves as a senator in his school’s Student Government. He is the mayor of the Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council, a captain of the men’s tennis and Mock Trial teams, and has led the Model United Nations team. Keven has also played piano for over thirteen years, placing in international competitions across the United States, and performed in a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He plans to attend college and pursue a career in public policy and service.

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