Boozman Welcomes New Congressional Youth Cabinet

Arkansas high school students are exploring and offering solutions to national issues as members of U.S. Senator John Boozman’s (R-AR) Congressional Youth Cabinet. The program is in its third year and seeks to expose students to the legislative process and opportunities for advocacy and civic engagement.

The group of 58 students from all four congressional districts met for the first time in Little Rock on Friday, October 4. In addition to meeting with Senator Boozman, the students also visited with U.S. Representative French Hill.

“I am pleased to continue this program and bring together young leaders from all corners of the state,” Boozman said. “We have an enthusiastic group of students who represent the future of Arkansas. I think it’s a unique and invaluable opportunity for them and I look forward to receiving their feedback on national issues of interest to them and their peers.”

The Congressional Youth Cabinet is a nonpartisan initiative that allows students to gain first-hand experience engaging in the democratic process. Participants attend several meetings throughout the school year, research a national issue they select and present policy recommendations to Boozman at the final meeting in April.

Students were selected from each of the four congressional districts based on their achievements, involvement in the community and demonstrated leadership experience.

The following students were selected for the 2019-20 school year:

1st Congressional District

James Davis – Jonesboro

Darby Hall – Jonesboro

Kylee Wood – Newark

Grady Inzer – Greers Ferry

Abigail Kingery – Pocahontas

Jeffrey Langston – Blytheville

Jessie Laureles – Batesville

Sebastian Moore – Bay

Kathryn McCustion – Blytheville

Serena Pagan – Jonesboro

Hannah Rainwater – Jonesboro

Eli Richmond – Jonesboro

Savannah Sandage – Batesville

Sophie Simmons – Rector

Aniyah Smith – West Memphis

Meredith Whited – Marion

2nd Congressional District

Tionna Evans – Jacksonville

Brian Hare – Bryant

Loryn Hendrix – Plumerville

Isaiah Lawson – Searcy

Serenity McCuien – Plumerville

Shylynn Phillips – Jacksonville

Jayce Pollard – Conway

Jacob Ray – Hensley

Caley Sample – Jacksonville

Austin Schroeder – Bryant

Skylar Risk – Alexander

Jaya Salgaonkar – Maumelle

Jacob Strawn – North Little Rock

3rd Congressional District

Luke Barnes – Fort Smith

Preston Hyatt – Holiday Island

Ananya Vangoor – Bentonville

Anna Dean – Bentonville

Alison Jang – Bentonville

Monica Alvarenga – Springdale

Haris Rana – Fort Smith

Kylie Bell – Van Buren

Maria Camerlingo – Rogers

Leyton Elmore – Fort Smith

John Keenan – Fayetteville

Dalton Decker – Yellville

Rebekka Riff – Harrison

Luke Rucker – Springdale

4th Congressional District

Abigayle Dampier – Pearcy

Abigail Storment – Plainview

Ella Pace – Hot Springs

Daniel Stuckey – Rison

Carly Orr – Hot Springs

Sheila Hinton – Caddo Gap

Chase Mosely – Hot Springs

Lauren Boston – Hot Springs

Reagan Eades – Jefferson

Jacob Heffington – Hot Springs

Xavier Brown – Crossett

Connor Johnson – Hot Springs

Davis Wilson – Rison

Maggie Cassidy – Magnolia

Anthony Corley – Bismark