Two Utah high school juniors have been chosen by Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, for a program paying their expenses to spend two months this summer with a host family in Japan.

Lise Crawford, a student at Mountain View High School in Orem, and Heidi Ward, a student at Wasatch High School in Heber, were chosen through a competition involving all the state's high schools for the Japan-U.S. Senate Scholarships.Each Utah high school was invited last fall to submit one nomination. The top 12 were interviewed by a selection committee.

"Lise and Heidi competed with Utah's top students to receive this award," Garn and Hatch said in a joint statement. "It is our hope that this program will serve to prepare our young people for their leadership roles in the future."

The scholarship includes a June trip to Washington, D.C., where the 100 winners nationally will meet with their senators and Japanese embassy officials.

Crawford is a member of the National Honor Society, is listed in the Who's Who of American High School Students, is a member of the Society of Distinguished American High School Students and is an accomplished artist.

Ward was a former legislative messenger at the Utah Capitol, is a member of her student council, is junior class vice president, a member of the National Honor Society, in the all-state choir and is active in track and field.