Last weekend, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson congratulated the students selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC).

Fifty students, ranging from freshman to seniors, were chosen to serve as members of the prestigious Council this year. Five McKinney ISD high school students were among those selected.

“It has become more apparent than ever that young people have a deep desire to get involved in the civic process and want to make their voices heard,” Johnson said during the Council’s Oct. 20 meeting. “I consider the CYAC members my young ambassadors to Congress, and you help keep me updated on issues that are important for your generation.”

Johnson created the Council with two goals in mind. First, the group provides Johnson with greater student perspective and insight on issues that directly affect them. Second, Council activities educate students on government policies relevant to young people. Students learn from elected officials on the local, state, and national level, as well as field experts, during the Council’s four meetings throughout the school year.

“I am impressed by the high-caliber students who serve on the Council this year,” said Johnson.  “These driven high school students willingly spend several Saturdays to learn from each other, as well as from our distinguished guest speakers.  They give me hope for a bright future for North Texas and America.”

The following McKinney ISD students were selected for the 2012-2013 CYAC:

  • Natasha Blaskovich, McKinney North High School, 11th grade
  • Bryce Clark, McKinney North High School, 12th grade
  • Travis Smith, McKinney North High School, 12th grade
  • Sydney Patterson, McKinney Boyd High School, 12th grade
  • Sarah Stanley, McKinney Boyd High School, 10th grade


About the author: Shane Mauldin is an MISD Communications Specialist.