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Students to Serve on U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick's Youth Advisory Committee
Sophomores, David Stone and Madison Simpson, have been selected as members of the 2011-2012 Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Each student completed an application, which was submitted to Representative Sue Myrick.
Representative Sue Myrickâ€™s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of over 80 high school students from over 30 different schools who have shown an interest in the functions of the legislative branch of government. Group members are selected based on a number of factors, including academic success, volunteer activities, and extracurricular participation. The YAC meets monthly to discuss and share their opinions and ideas with Representative Myrick about current events, politics, and the government. They also work on a variety of service projects so that they give back to the community. Last year the council assisted Operation Christmas Child, Holy Angels and Pens for Peace (school supplies for the children of Afghanistan).
Both students were asked why they wanted to participate in the YAC.
David replied, â€œI chose to be a part of the YAC council because I want to express my opinions on issues that face my schoolâ€™s district and to represent my school effectively. I hope to gain leadership experience while being on the council. I also hope to improve my community with service projects. I would like to better my knowledge of how the system of congress and legislation works.â€
Madison stated, â€œI personally wanted to be a part of this council in order to meet new people, learn, and make a difference. The council discusses relevant issues and participates in community service. Both are actions that I hold in high regard. I also wanted to become more politically involved and knowledgeable about our government. Through my participation in this council, I hope to gain a better understanding of the politics in my community. I am eager to put my ideas into action and see what may become of them.â€
This is a wonderful opportunity for both students. The council held its first meeting October 17, 2011, and will work with Sue Myrick to plan service projects and discuss issues surrounding the community and those it affects.
Written by: Carrie Mabry
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 by Carrie Mabry