This past weekend, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson congratulated the students selected to participate in the 2011-2012 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC). This year 50 students ranging from freshmen to seniors were chosen to serve as members of the prestigious Council; 13 students are returning members.
“For years, I have enjoyed meeting with the outstanding group of high school students serving as my youth advisory council,” said Johnson. “This council is comprised of exceptional, well-rounded students with diverse interests and stellar accomplishments. I am constantly impressed and encouraged by their commitment to making a difference in their community and in their generation. I look forward to learning from this year’s group.”
To engage Third District students in civic-minded discussions and activities, Johnson created the Congressional Youth Advisory Committee to meet approximately four times throughout the school year. CYAC students learn about government and the processes involved with shaping public policy as well as advise Congressman Johnson on issues important to young people.
“I believe it is crucial to raise young people’s interest and participation in civic matters – whether it’s encouraging them to make their voices heard or to actively participate in their community. This generation will pay the price for today’s decisions in Washington, and they need to be a part of the conversation,” concluded Johnson, who represents portions of Dallas and Collin Counties.
The following McKinney ISD students have been named to the 2011-12 Congressional Youth Advisory Council:
Ryan Costas, McKinney Boyd High School, Senior
Alyssa Johnston * , McKinney Boyd High School, Junior
Ashlyn Lafferty, McKinney Boyd High School, Sophomore
Owen Meachum, McKinney High School, Junior
* Denotes returning student