Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

February 13, 2013

Student DC-bound for teen senate program

Meshnick earns $5,000 scholarship, trip

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Those varied opinions provide the fuel for some great discussions. That is what he is looking most forward to as he prepares to visit Washington.

"It's a dream trip in a sense," he said. "The views (on political issues) will be very different and there will be some great discussions."

Andrew said he grew up sharing opinions, as his parents encouraged lots of conversation in their house. His father, Howard Meshnick, is a lawyer, and his mother, Lesley Roth, is a dentist. His brother, David, is an eighth-grader at West Middle School.

"We talk a lot. It's who we are," said Andrew, a National Honor Society member and the Andover High School student senate moderator.

He has been an intern at Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas's office for three years and enjoys taking phone calls from constituents and learning how problems are solved.

It might sound as if a political path is definitely in his future - but he said he likes life sciences, too. He's been accepted to Yale University and the University of Massachusetts, but has not made a college decision or a college-major choice yet.

A rower and skiier, he comes across as a mature teen, but clearly balanced. He looks forward to the program and said public service is an option.

"You've got to really listen," he said of public service. "That's how you do it right."

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