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WASHINGTON – Arkansas high school students are lending their voices to discussions of federal policies as members of U.S. Senator John Boozman’s (R-AR) Congressional Youth Cabinet. The program is in its second year and seeks to expose students to the legislative process and opportunities for advocacy and civic engagement.

The group of 30 students from all four congressional districts met for the first time in Little Rock on Friday, September 21.

“I am pleased to continue this program in Arkansas 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 so it’s a unique and invaluable opportunity for them. 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 with engaging in the democratic process. Participants will attend several meetings throughout the school year. As part of the program, they will research a national issue they select and present policy solutions and recommendations to Boozman at the final meeting in April in Little Rock.

Students actively involved in their communities and who had demonstrated leadership experience were selected from each of Arkansas’s four congressional districts.

The following students were selected for the 2018-19 school year:

1st Congressional District

Lorena Bemis – Mountain View

Isabella Bevel – Mountain Home

Sean Cunningham – DeWitt

Olivia Eggleston – Cabot

Madeline Johnson – Cabot

Shyra Moody – Wynne

Austin Sweat – Batesville

Maggie Williams – Piggott

Zach Wilmoth - Cabot


2nd Congressional District

Sarah Jackson – Little Rock

Pallavi Prodhan – Little Rock

Jennifer Resendiz – Benton

Lily Ryall – Little Rock


3rd Congressional District

Austin Abercrombie – Rogers

Lena Davis – Van Buren

Matthew Hollenbeck – Fort Smith

Adriana Huezo – Bentonville

London Jones – Fort Smith

Jenna Pluimer – Bentonville

Jada Portillo – Bentonville

Beautiful Reliford – Rogers

John Blake Sooter – Bentonville

Rachel St. Onge – Fort Smith

Brook Weber – Fayetteville


4th Congressional District

Jack Bunyard – DeQueen

Joshua Earl – Jessieville

Camden Jones – El Dorado

Hayden Rogers – Magnolia

Kendal Shamel – Pearcy

Emilee Webb – Leola