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A Presque Isle High School senior was in the nation's capital putting a spotlight on higher education for rural students

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Published: Mar. 14, 2020 at 12:18 PM EDT
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A Presque Isle High School senior was in the nation's capital Thursday putting a spotlight on higher education for rural students.

During a panel discussion hosted by U.S. Senators, Katelyn Amero painted a picture of what life is like in a rural town. She highlighted obstacles students face in accessing educational opportunities.

Education Department data finds only one in three college students come from rural areas.

Maine Senator Susan Collins introduced a bill that would help raise those numbers. The legislation would give students more higher education and employment opportunities.

Amero attended a summer program at the University of Chicago in 2019. She says it solidified her goal of going to college and studying biology. She shared her educational experience to show support for the legislation.

"Really happy to be here because I'm representing rural students from all over the country, not just from where I'm from in Presque Isle. So, I feel really honored to speak for all of those students who don't have the same opportunities as a student from a more urban settings."

Amero has applied to give colleges in Maine and one out of state. She has not decided yet where she will be going next Fall.