Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
September 8, 2017

Conaway Chronicle: Student Opportunities Edition

Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District. 

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

Last year, I launched a Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) for motivated high school juniors and seniors. Through this council, I gained insight from civic-minded students around TX-11. This year, we'll be expanding on last year's successes by adding more students to CYAC. 

The CYAC will meet three times within the school year and includes a roundtable discussion on current events and specific issues impacting our country, as well as learning the fundamental role of lawmakers, experts and citizens in our republic. These high-achieving students will also be asked to provide their views on current legislation working its way through Congress.

I'd encourage high school juniors and seniors interested in government to submit an application. To be considered, the completed application must be submitted to the Midland office no later than next Friday, September 15, 2017. To learn more about the CYAC and download an application, please visit the website at this link

Service Academy Nominations

One of my greatest honors as a U.S. Representative is nominating young men and women to our military service academies. Young men and women who are interested in attending a military service academy will need to submit their application for a nomination ahead of the October 18, 2016, deadline. To be considered for appointment to a service academy, the applicant must be a United States citizen who is a resident of the 11th District and at least 17-years-old but not older than 23 on July 1, 2018. Selection is based on SAT and ACT test scores, class rank, grade point average, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential.

The application can be found online here. All applications must be received at my San Angelo office by Oct. 18, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact JoAnne Powell at 325 659-4010.

Congressional App Challenge

Each year, Congress hosts the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for high school students to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. I am very excited to extend an invitation to all high school students in my district to participate in the 2017 App Challenge. Students can choose to work on their own or in teams of up to four students to create an app on any topic for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

As the technology industry plays a growing role in our economy, STEM education is an increasingly important component of today’s schooling. All students are welcome to submit an entry, regardless of their level of experience with coding. Students will expand their knowledge of programming during the development of their app and will have the opportunity to work with our partner technology experts for a fun and educational experience.

The competition extends to November 1, 2017, and students may participate either as part of a school assignment or on their own. Registration for the CAC takes place online, where students will submit their app along with a short demonstration video. The CAC website contains all the guidelines for the challenge: Additionally, there are resource organizations and companies listed on the website which offer professional volunteers whom will assist students in their coding and App Challenge journey.

If you have any questions about participating in the Congressional App Challenge, please contact Diane Williams in the Granbury office at 682-936-2577 or I look forward to working with students, educators, and parents to expand computer science and STEM education efforts in the 11th District.

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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District