McKINNEY — U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) recently congratulated 52 newly selected members of the 2013-2014 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC). Among those selected are McKinney High School juniors Hollis Meachum and Brennan Stewart.

Members serving on the prestigious Council range from freshman to seniors from 19 different high schools across the Third District; 15 students are returning CYAC members.

“It’s imperative, now more than ever, to get our young people involved in the inner workings of our government,” Johnson said. “This group represents a stand-out mix of excellent schools and high caliber, well-rounded students. My hope is that our CYAC meetings will encourage students to stay informed on today’s policy decisions and raise their voices on issues that matter most to them and their peers.”

Johnson created the Congressional Youth Advisory Council in 2004 to inspire students all across Texas’ Third District to learn more about how the government functions on a local, state, and federal level and in turn, become informed and actively engaged citizens now and into the future.

The CYAC meets four times during the school year, giving students the opportunity to hear from elected officials and field experts about how they can make a difference through public service.  Students also provide Johnson greater perspective and insight on issues important to our younger generation. 

“I consider these students to be my young ambassadors to Congress,” said Johnson.  “Knowing that these bright, talented, and highly driven young people already seek to engage the world around them and make their communities a better place gives me great hope for the future of North Texas and the future of America.”

“Young people may be a fraction of today’s society, but they are 100 percent of its future.  It will be their voices that shape our country and lead us into the decades to come.”

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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at