Briarwood Academy senior Joseph Baldwin will be meeting U.S. President George Bush next March at The White House in Washington, D.C.
The son of Brian and Joann Baldwin of Washington, he was notified of his selection for the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program last Friday by Dr. Joseph Searle, Director of Honors and Awards for the Georgia Department of Education. Joseph also receives a $5,000 scholarship for his college studies from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, which sponsors the all expenses paid program.
Joseph is one of only two high school students in the state selected to represent the State of Georgia as a member of the Senate Youth Program which will be held from March 4 through March 11 in Washington, D.C.
In addition to meeting President Bush at The White House, students will tour the nation's capital and its facilities and will meet with Supreme Court members, Congressional leaders and Bush staffers. The 104 students selected for the program, two from each state, each territory, and the District of Columbia, will be escorted in Washington by a delegation of U. S. Marines.
The United States Senate created and authorized the program, which is now in its 45th year, by Senate Resolution 324, at no expense to the federal government. The Hearst Foundation has made available the necessary funds since the program's inception.
Joseph underwent a stringent application process for the program. As the representative for the 10th Congressional District, Joseph was interviewed last week at The Twin Towers in Atlanta by a panel of experts in social studies and government. Students are selected based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, academic standing, community involvement and clarity in speech and thought.
In order to represent his congressional district, he had to submit an application, resume, letters of recommendation, and take a test on current events and the Constitution.
The United States Senate Youth Program was created for outstanding high school students to help broaden their knowledge and understanding of Congress and the legislative process in our nation's Capitol, to demonstrate the importance of a freely elected legislature in the perpetuation of an effective democratic system of government, and to dramatize in particular the crucial role the Senate performs in the maintenance of our government, according to Dr. Searle, program director in Georgia.
Joseph, the grandson of Joe and Anne Charping of Washington, recently received academic recognition as a Commended Scholar by the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Foundation for outstanding academic excellence.
He is a member of the National Honor Society at Briarwood and served last year's Senior Class as a Junior Usher. This year he is serving as vice-president of his Senior Class.
Joseph has reaped innumerable awards in the fields of voice and performance in music.
Last summer he was one of only 28 vocalists selected from among a field of international applicants to participate in a four week program in advanced opera/vocal study at the Interlochen (Michigan) Arts Camp, the world's premier summer arts program for aspiring artists in grades three through 12.
He was selected to and participated in the 2004 Georgia Governor's Honors Program in vocal/choral performance.
He is a two-time winner of GISA AA state competition in Piano and was a member of the AA state champion Quartet in 2004. He has received numerous first place awards in GISA Region 1AA literary competition in the categories of oral interpretation, piano and boy's solo.
He received the Best Actor award in GISA AA one-act play state competition last year.
Joseph has performed numerous leading and supporting roles in productions by the Briarwood Academy Chorus and the Washington Little Theater Company.
He is a member of the Washington Little Theater Company Board of Directors and the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees of Thomson.