Kealakehe High student returns from US Senate Youth Program

  • Maya Gee captures pictures of Sen. Bernie Sanders as he entered the room during the Annual Senate Reception. (Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii delegates Sean Callahan, left, and Maya Gee, right, stand with Sen. Brian Schatz during Washington Week. (Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Maya Gee asks a question relating to the Hawaii community during a question-and-answer session with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

KAILUA-KONA — When the U.S. Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week kicked off at the beginning of March, Kealakehe High School senior Maya Kiana Gee said one of the first things she noticed was the passion of her fellow delegates and the perspectives they all brought with them from their own states.