Editor's note: The News will carry posts this week from Haven High School senior Jaron Caffrey, who is participating in the United States Senate Youth Program.
While Sunday marked the first full day of the week’s events, Monday started with the first of our many speakers.
The day began with former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and United States Senate Youth Program alumnus, Robert H. Henry. He spoke about the need for civility in politics today, and the importance of respecting one another in political culture.
Next, we made the trek over to the Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Office Building where we heard from Frank Larkin, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and Linus Barlow II, the Director of Cybersecurity for the Senate Sergeant at Arms. These are positions that often go unnoticed by the public, so to hear about their important responsibilities was very interesting and enlightening.
Afterward, we visited the Library of Congress to eat lunch and hear from the Librarian of Congress and Senate Historian. These are both essential positions in our government, and their offices are both very accessible to the public.
However, the clear highlight of the day came in the afternoon when we traveled to the Supreme Court and met with Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. He fielded questions for over an hour and a half on many different political and legal matters. I found it very interesting to hear from one of our highest legal minds in the nation. His perspectives on how the law is different than politics were very eye-opening.
The night finally concluded with this year’s United States Senate Youth Program Co-Chair, Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. It was very impressive to see the energy and passion that Sen. Scott used while speaking to our group about speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
We have an action-packed schedule that makes each day more interesting than the last.