NEWARK, N.J. —U.S. Senator Bob Menendez met in his Washington, D.C. office this week with Millburn High School student Ranen Miao, who was selected for the competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

"I am so proud of Ranen for completing the Senate Youth Program—a unique opportunity for student leaders," said Sen. Menendez. “New Jersey is very fortunate to have young leaders, like Ranen, with untapped potential and a bright future ahead. He and the other USSYP delegates have had a remarkable experience in Washington, learning firsthand our system of government and preparing themselves for productive careers in public service.”

Ranen is and one of 12 students on the national USA Debate Team. He demonstrates his passion for government and community service as president of his school’s Key Club and through active membership in High School Democrats, Peer Leaders, Debate Team, Make-A-Wish and the school newspaper.

Established in 1962, the USSYP provides a unique educational opportunity each year for two outstanding high school students from each state to experience firsthand the federal government in action. The program’s mission is to encourage each these young men and women to pursue a lifelong commitment to public service, history, and political science.