RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Two seniors at Northwest Rankin High School have the opportunity to make a trip to Washington, D.C., and represent Mississippi for the 61st United States Senate Youth Program.

Both Joshua Bowman and Nadia Harden were selected among dozens of outstanding students to represent the Magnolia State. The competitive program included rounds of testing.

“I kind of talked about some of the issues we have in Mississippi and how our legislators handled those situations and what I would pull from that if I was a leader,” said Harden.

In their time in D.C. this week, Harden and Bowman will go through a weeklong leadership program, afterward receiving a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship.

“When I heard the news, I was super excited just being an alternate. I didn’t get the whole thing but it’s still such a big honor,” said Sloan Berry.

“I just want to say I’m really honored to have been chosen,” said Joshua Bowman.