These students are dynamic, well-rounded individuals that go through a rigorous selection process.

Some of Louisiana's most outstanding students have been selected as new members of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) and will work together over the next year in an effort to influence the legislative process and make the state a better place for young people. A new council is selected annually and is composed entirely of students to address issues affecting the youth of Louisiana. It is overseen by the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education.

Now in its eleventh year, LYAC facilitates communication between youth and the legislature and gives students the unique opportunity to be involved in the workings of state government. LYAC members have the opportunity to study, meet with elected officials, and propose legislation in the upcoming regular session.

Members of the council are selected from a large pool of applicants from around the state who display a strong interest in civic involvement. These students are dynamic, well-rounded individuals that go through a rigorous selection process. Three student members serve from each of the congressional districts and the remainder of the thirty-one members serve at large. The members must be in grades nine through twelve and enrolled in a public or private high school or participating in a home study program.

Members of the 2018 - 2019 Legislative Youth Advisory Council include the following:

Congressional District 1

Camden Dyer Lusher-Charter High School

Andrew Gary-St. Martin's Episcopal School

Anjali Pellegrin-Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies

Congressional District 2

Caroline Benoit-Louise S. McGehee School

Blake Brooks-Benjamin Franklin High School

Breanne Mitchell-St. Mary's Dominican High School

Congressional District 3

Amy Lemaire-Iota High School

Hannah Michel-Lafayette High School

Jeff Pham-Lafayette High School

Congressional District 4

Hannah Berry-C.E. Byrd High School

Robert Lawrence-C.E. Byrd High School

Veronica Penales-Caddo Parish Magnet High School

Congressional District 5

Isabella Bolayon-Neville High School

Landry Higgins-West Feliciana High School

Laura Peters-Jena High School

Congressional District 6

Spencer Heitman-Catholic High School

Selia Jindal-Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Alexandra Thibodeaux-St. Joseph's Academy

At-Large Members

Stephen Adjei-LSU Laboratory School

Bobby Alexander-Airline High School

Annie Blanchard-St. Joseph's Academy

Nydia Cooper-Ascension Catholic High School

Madelyn Cutrone-Cutrone Academy

Sophie Faircloth-Denham Springs High School

Gabrielle Fontenot-Sacred Heart High School

Caitlyn Foret-Walker High School

Torri Jackson-Dutchtown High School

Madeline Malbrough-Houma Christian School

Emily Nichols-Port Allen High School

John-Garrett Patrick-Concordia Parish Academy

Hrilina Ramrakhiani-SummerStone Academy

Eugenia Williams-Westminister Christian Academy

Ascension Parish Members

Nydia Cooper-Ascension Catholic High School

Nydia Maude Marie Cooper is a 16 year old honor student at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Nydia is currently in the National Honor Society; a seven-year member at large with St. James Parish 4-H; Vice-Grand lady for St. James Catholic Church Junior Catholic Daughters; State 4-H Citizenship board member; Diocese of Baton Rouge Youth Board Member; St. James Parish 4-H Impact Club (Junior Leaders) member; State 4-H Co-Op Camp – treasurer; St. James Parish 4-H shooting sport team member; member of Ascension Catholic High School band, powerlifting team and tennis team. Nydia has a third degree level II black belt in Taekwondo. Recently, Nydia placed runner-up in the category of photo illustration with the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Torri Jackson-Dutchtown High School

Torri Jackson is a junior at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana. She has maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA in her academic career. She is the 2018-19 LA State Beta Club President, 2018-19 LA State Spanish Association President, and co-owner of So Signature Boutique. Despite being in charge of major organizations and business, Torri is deeply involved in the education of Louisiana's youth. She was a 2017-18 student teacher at Dutchtown Middle School and Spanish Lake Primary School. Torri believes that education is the foundation for success. She hopes to one day become a Louisiana senator and will do everything in her power to be a valuable asset to the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council.

Contributed by the Louisiana Senate