One of the top football players in the state – Jonathan Mumby – is headed to Washington, D.C. as a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program.
The prestigious progam has numerous famous alumni who later went on careers in public life, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Democratic presidential advisor Mack McLarty and longtime Republican consultant Karl Rove. Another participant was former Rhode Island resident Sara Lonardo, who is now the communications director for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Mumby, an All-State player and honor roll student at Bloomfield High School, will be joined by West Haven High School’s Yingxian Guo - an academic superstar and co-captain of the varsity girls swimming team who is headed to Yale University. Mumby is awaiting word on whether he will be accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The two students were selected by state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and all 104 students nationwide who are going to Washington are ranked in the top 1 percent of their states academically.
The program, which was created in 1962, takes place this year from March 8 to 15. Each student receives a college scholarship of $5,000, and all transportation and expenses for the Washington trip are paid by a foundation.
The students will meet U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, an ambassador, top reporters, and staff members.