Yoho seeks input from high school students in his district

Ted Yoho hosts a town hall on Thursday at JJ Finley Elementary in Gainesville.

Ashley Crane/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho wants to know what students think.

Yoho will sit down with representatives from 40 high schools in his district today to toss around ideas about legislation, current events and making a difference at the first meeting of the Third Congressional District Student Advisory Council, which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Santa Fe College.

Sarah Cott, 15, was chosen to represent Oak Hall School.

Cott, a sophomore, said she signed up to be considered for the council because she's interested in politics.

"I also want to work on my public speaking, so I thought that would be a good opportunity," she said.

Yoho invited the 52 high schools in Florida's Third Congressional District to select students to participate. To be on the council, students must be between 16 and 19 years old, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, participate in extracurricular activities or have a part-time job, and have an active interest in the community.

The criteria show "a spectrum of responsibilities on the students' part," Yoho's press secretary, Kelley McNabb, wrote in an email.

Both public and private schools were invited to nominate students.

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