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Congressman appoints Youth Council

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

Congressman Van Taylor recently announced participants in his 2019-2020 Congressional Youth Advisory Council and hosted the inaugural Congressional Youth Advisory Council meeting.

This group of 45 high schoolers represents the Third Congressional District, which encompasses Collin County and includes Princeton High School junior Tristan Espinoza.

Tristan, the son of Joe and Julie Espinoza, is an honor student at PHS. He’s involved in the award winning speech and debate program, as well as the highly decorated Princeton Pride March Band, where he serves as a member of the color guard. In addition, Tristan is a peer tutor and mentor with the Life Skills program.

Applicants to the council were evaluated by an independent selection board comprised of educators and community leaders who assessed each applicant's leadership skills, academic performance, extracurricular participation and community service.

Each year, the CYAC offers students a unique opportunity to learn about the federal government, discuss public policy and local Collin County issues and interact with their federal representative and congressional staff while serving their community.

According to Congressman Taylor, he is looking forward to spending the next school year learning from his young ambassadors to Congress.

"It’s no secret Collin County is home to some of the brightest and most involved students in the nation, however, after our first meeting, I was even more impressed with the depth of knowledge, dedication to community and excitement toward learning displayed by these students," Congressman Taylor said after the first meeting with the students. "I could not be more excited to kick off the CYAC, and I look forward to watching these students grow in their understanding of how government functions.”