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Carbon County student earns Bennett internship

Four Utah college students, including a resident from Carbon County, will assist United States Sen. Bob Bennett's staff with legislative, communication and administrative assignments.

"I am always delighted to have these bright students join my Washington, D.C., office for a semester," commented the Utah senator.

"They are a tremendous asset to my staff and we will do everything we can to make this experience a good learning opportunity."

Kalista Francom of Price studies social work and political science at Weber State University.

Before her Bennett internship, Francom was chosen by the Posters on the Hill program from a pool of nearly 300 applicants from across the nation to present her undergraduate research on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Inspired by her Native American grandparents, Francom hopes to help Native American families with child welfare issues.

Sandy resident Michael Steck attends the University of Utah, where he studies political science.

Steck is a Utah Army National Guard chaplain assistant. He will help the Bennett staff with veterans and defense issues.

After graduating next spring, Steck plans to pursue a law degree and a public service career.

Smithfield native Nick Wets studies law and constitutional studies at Utah State University.

Wets helped the USU debate team win the conference championship - a position the university has retained for two consecutive years.

Wets would like to attend law school and one day run for political office.

Jake Wirth of Orem is an honors student at Brigham Young University, where he studies political science.

Wirth is the recipient of the Edwin S. Hinckley scholarship, which is awarded to the top department student who exemplifies commitment to service and academic excellence.

After completing the internship and undergraduate work, Wirth plans to continue his education in public policy.

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