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Stennis Student Congress Winners Visit Washington D.C.

The Stennis Center hosted the winners of the prestigious Leadership Bowl of the Stennis Student Congress in Washington, D.C. on July 28-30, 2014.  Ryan Fedasiuk of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona won the Senate Leadership Bowl.  Nic Gerard of Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts won the House Leadership Bowl.  The Leadership Bowl goes to the student selected by their peers as the most outstanding leaders among the 48 finalists in the 2014 Stennis Student Congress competition.  Over 450 students from throughout the nation competed in the weeklong event in Overland Park, Kansas.  The students and their coaches visited with members of Congress, congressional staff, and viewed historic documents at the National Archives.

Stennis Center Hosts Civil-Military Dinner with U.S. Senators

Frank Sullivan of the Stennis Center hosted a dinner with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work on July 21, 2014.  Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) led the discussion.  First term U.S. Senators who attended were Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA),  Mark Kirk (R-IL).  Senators Reed and Chambliss have led a series of discussions bringing together military leaders and first-term Senators, as part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military Leadership Program.

USS LINCOLN Award Winners Visit Washington

As part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military program, the Leadership Award winners from the USS LINCOLN aircraft carrier visited Washington on June 22-25, 2014.  The award winners are selected through a ship-wide competition.  They and their families travel to Washington, D.C. where they meet with Members of Congress and congressional staff and other civilian leaders. To honor some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding leadership on American aircraft carriers, the Stennis Center created a special leadership awards program for eight ships.

John C. Stennis National Student Congress Meets

The John C. Stennis National Student Congress met June 15-20, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas as part of the National Speech and Debate Tournament.  The Stennis Center sponsors Student Congress to encourage students to become leaders in government.

Grubbs Wins Harold Keller Award

Steve Grubbs received the Harold Keller Award for Public Service Leadership at the John C. Stennis National Student Congress on June 20, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas.  The award was established to honor the long-time leader of the Stennis Student Congress, Harold C. Keller, a speech and debate coach from Davenport, Iowa, who died in 2013.

Intern Program Kicks Off

The Stennis Center’s program for Congressional Interns kicked off its first meeting of 2014 with a session on “How to Get the Most from Your Internship."  Future sessions will focus on the legislative process, budget and appropriations, separation of powers and other topics.  Twenty-six interns serving in House and Senate offices are participating in the program this year, which runs through August 1, 2014.

Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill

The Stennis Center sponsored the 12th annual Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill on May 30, 2014.  This program helps Harry S. Truman Scholars who are interning in Washington, D.C. for the summer to better understand Congress. They meet with Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows and others to learn about congressional public service.

Truman Scholars Visit Navy Sec. at Pentagon

The Stennis Center arranged for the Harry S. Truman Scholars to tour the Pentagon and meet with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on May 29, 2014.  Truman Scholars are selected from each state annually based on scholarship, leadership and a commitment to public service.  A year after their selection, they spend the summer working in Washington, D.C.  The Stennis Center helps provide their orientation during their first week in Washington.

Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership Encourages Young Women Leaders

Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership met on May 19-23, 2014 on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.  The national bipartisan program, established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, educates college women about the political process and teaches them to become effective leaders.  All week, college women from throughout Mississippi hear from women leaders in the state about the challenges and rewards of leadership in public service.


The Stennis Fellows of the 113th Congress held their synthesis retreat May 16-17, 2014 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Stennis Fellows are exploring how we can effectively bridge boundaries in Congress and society and have examined historical  and current perspectives on polarization.  They will meet once more to prepare a final report. The Stennis Fellows Program is a bipartisan, bicameral experience for senior-level staff of the U.S. Congress that has become the premiere leadership development program for staff leaders on Capitol Hill.

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