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Pitman student represents New Jersey in 2019 United States Senate Youth Program

(Pitman, NJ) On Tuesday Feb. 26, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at the Pitman Young Democrats meeting in honor of Black History Month.

At the meeting Freeholder Jefferson presented Jacob Bernard a certificate recognizing him for being selected as a New Jersey 2019 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) delegate.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger explained that the Youth Senate Program was created by the US Senate in 1962 as a way to increase the youth's understanding of interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the importance of democratic decision making and how it affects America and the rest of the World.

Freeholder Jefferson said, "Bernard shows an outstanding level of dedication to his school and the issues important to him. We are proud that Bernard was chosen to represent New Jersey."

Bernard, who is a senior at Pitman High School, serves as the Senior Class Vice President, Key Club secretary, Chairman of the Young Democrats Club, drum major of the Marching Band, and member of the National Honor Society and National Music Honor Society, as well as the Education, Youth, and Special Events committee of the South Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus and will be representing New Jersey from March 2 to March 9 in Washington D.C.

Pictured: Pitman High School Young Democrats member Jacob Bernard and Freeholder Jim Jefferson
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