PLANO — With the school year at a close, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) congratulated his graduating Congressional Youth Advisory Council of 2016-2017.

In addition, as students gear up to enjoy the summer months, Johnson also announced that applications for the 14th — and final — annual CYAC program are now open. High school students living in the Third Congressional District are invited to submit their applications no later than Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

“I congratulate the students of the 2016-2017 CYAC for a successful school year,” Johnson said. “We had some great meetings during which we had detailed policy discussions, and I was so impressed with how these CYAC students continued to challenge one another for better ideas and understanding of today’s issues. I thank all our students for their hard work and generosity of spirit — y’all have bright futures ahead.”

“Because Collin County has many outstanding students and the application process for CYAC can be competitive, I am also happy to announce that my staff and I are giving students time over the summer months to thoughtfully prepare their applications,” Johnson added. “I encourage any student interested in learning about our government through first-hand civic participation to consider the opportunity, and I look forward to meeting the 2017-2018 CYAC class this fall. This will be the program’s final year, and we have some exciting things already on the books.”

The CYAC program was formed in 2004 to gain insight from students in Collin County and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential and begin building a legacy of service. Students selected for CYAC will meet with Congressman Johnson and other civic leaders at least four times during the school year to learn about the development of public policy while exploring the role of citizens, lawmakers, experts, and those institutions that directly impact the world’s most successful democracy.

CYAC is open to Third District high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in public, private or home schools. They must exhibit leadership, strong academic performance, and community service. Each student is permitted to participate once during their high school career.

For more information and to apply, visit Congressman Johnson’s website. For more information contact Meagan Talton at (469)-304-0382 or