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. In Japan, students are usually greeted by the prime minister and other high officials before joining their host families.

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.