Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) participants. These 87 Collin County high school students were selected by a community board to serve on the council due to their outstanding leadership skills, academic performance, extra-curricular activity participation, and community service.  The names of CYAC students are listed below by school.

“We’ve got a great group of students this year – they’re bright, talented, and highly driven to make an impact in their community,” said Johnson.  “Now more than ever, it’s imperative that our young people not only understand how our democracy works, but get involved so that they can make positive, wise contributions to our country.  That’s why I’m looking forward to hearing from these CYAC ‘student ambassadors’ on the issues that matter most to them and their peers and also to joining them in giving back through our CYAC in the Community service projects.” 

“I congratulate the students of the 2015-2016 Congressional Youth Advisory Council and I thank all our students who applied,” Johnson continued.  “We had hundreds of applicants this year, and moving forward CYAC will be a one-year program to allow more students the opportunity to participate – because Collin County has an abundance of exceptional students!  With that in mind, I encourage those who are interested in serving on the 2016-2017 Council to apply next fall!”  

About CYAC:

Congressman Johnson created CYAC in 2004 to gain insight from students in the 3rd District and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential.  The group meets roughly twice each school semester with Congressman Johnson and distinguished guest speakers.  During the CYAC activities, high-caliber students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, and experts play in a vibrant democracy.

Anna High School
Madisen Leggett

Allen High School
Omar Amir
Colleen Blahnik
Worsham Bryant
Regan Butler
Josephine Kimbrough
Miriam Laeky
Carson Leung
John Payne

Centennial High School
Chloe Campos
Shawn Kennedy           

Clark High School
John Scott

Faith Lutheran School
Paul Merritt

Frisco High School
Bryce Johnson
Madelyn Hicks

Hebron High School
Sarah Clonch

Homeschooler (Parker, Texas)
Steven  Elliott

Imagine International Academy of  North Texas
Nora Castaneda

iUniversity Prep
Hannah Faulkner

Independence High School
Thanuja Suram

Jasper High School
Kerhsin Zhuang

John Paul II High School
Shelby Highlander
Anna Matthews

Liberty High School
Akash Baskaran
Nitin Gharpure           

Lovejoy High School
L. Elizabeth Jowers
Michael Kline
Steven Sereno

McKinney High School
Neelam Bohra
Ryan Stewart

McKinney Boyd High School
Brendan Corcoran
Brendon McMahon
Lauren Patton
Joshua Pereira
Alexandra Thorson

McKinney North High School
Kayla Gilbreath

McKinney Christian Academy
Noah Kane

NEW College Prep Academy
Jonathan Lindstrom

Plano Academy High School
John Brubaker
Thomas Cheng
Purvi Contractor
Rahul Menon
Mason Sims
Erin Wanek

Plano East High School
Matthew Carey
Madison Guerra
Nathaniel Kaufman
Rishi Shridharan
Zachary Thomas

Plano Sr. High School
Joey Basdeo
Tanner Cedrone
Parker Duncan
Daniel Edwards
John Hoyt
Veronica Michaels
Rupasri Shankar
Wendy Wang  

Plano West
McKenna Black
Sam Bragg
Benjamin Carter
Brian Du
Madeline Groves
Stanton Harris
Alyssa Hill
Kevin Hoodwin
Tristan Jackson
Andrew Kaminski
Catherine Kennington
Kaelynn Mayes
Daniel Pick
Maya Rigley
Kevin Rinkliff
Taryn Shanes
Fatimah Sunez
Chelsey Wen

Prestonwood Christian Academy
Alex Ellington
Elizabeth Ellington

Prince of Peace Christian High School
Corinne Schnell

Prosper High School
Sydney Alley
Myles Bowman
Callie Dugger
Bailey McGraw

Shepton High School
Supria Anand
Devon Mayes 

Wylie High School
Breanna Jones

St. Mark Catholic School
Bryce Killian

Trinity Christian Academy
Andrew LaGassa

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