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Frisco Students Named to Congressional Youth Advisory (October, 2005)

Spencer Wood

 

Congressman Sam Johnson’s office has announced that 42 students from the Third Congressional District have been selected to serve as members of the youth advisory council; three of those students attend Frisco schools.

Spencer Wood of Frisco High School, and Heather Blizzard and Katie Willman, both of Centennial High School, will take part in council, according to Cameron McCall of Congressman Johnson’s office.

Of the 42 students, most attend public school, while six attend private schools, and four participate in home school. Five sophomores, 20 juniors, and 17 seniors comprise the second-ever Third District Congressional Youth Advisory Council; only sophomores, juniors and seniors may participate, according to McCAll.

"Congratulations are in order for each of these students. They are the voice of the future and they're not letting anyone else speak for them. I commend them for taking an interest in government and learning more about Congress," said Johnson upon making the announcement of the students selected. "What a tremendous group of dynamic young people and I look forward to hearing what matters most to them."

The council’s goals are to provide Johnson with a wide cross-section of opinions on issues important to young people. Council activities will also serve to boost community activism among high-school students. The CYAC held its first meeting on October 15th and will convene again at least three more times this school year. At the first meeting, students visited with the Congressman in a casual town-hall format. Students probed the Congressman on hot-button issues, like Social Security and the elections in Iraq. In turn, Johnson detailed his most recent trip to Iraq and discussed current issues before Congress.

This year, students will interview a veteran for a special project, called Preserving History. People from the community volunteered to serve on the Advisory Panel that selected the CYAC members on behalf of the Congressman. Seventeen students served on the CYAC last year and re-applied as a formality to return to the CYAC this year.

Katherine Willman
Heather Blizzard