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BCEC Announces Winners of Annual Youth Tour Contest
In June, local students Braelyn Bevel of Haskell, Kendra Bynum of Snyder, and Luke Alexander Thane of Stamford will be in Washington, D.C., expanding their horizons.
These three area students won Big Country Electric Cooperative’s video contest, and the prize is a place on the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership trip to the nation’s capital, June 17-26, with more than 150 fellow Texas students and 1,700 young adults from around the country. Houston Harris of Roby is the runner-up. Additionally, each winner and runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Twenty-two local students submitted excellent videos on the topic: You are a candidate for an open seat on Big Country’s board of directors. In two to three minutes, tell us why you should be elected. The winning videos will be shown at the co-op’s annual membership meeting in April.
Youth Tour has been a Texas co-op tradition since 1965, when co-ops—inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson who encouraged youths to go to Washington to see their American heritage and government at work, “what the flag stands for and represents”—began sponsoring teens on this trip. Educating and mentoring young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to support the communities they serve. Since the 1960s, nearly 4,000 Texans and more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperatives. have gone on what many call the trip of a lifetime since the program’s inception.
The adventure will begin in Austin, where winners from across the state are greeted by Texas Electric Cooperatives, the association that organizes the state’s participation in Youth Tour. From there, the planned agenda includes a tour of the State Capitol and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum before boarding a flight to Washington, D.C. Once there, the itinerary is jam-packed with sightseeing and meaningful events, including attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, attending appointments with elected officials, visiting Washington National Cathedral, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, a performance at the famed Kennedy Center, and a dinner and dancing cruise on the Potomac River.
So much more than a sightseeing trip, Youth Tour allows students to meet others from all over the country and return home with a deeper understanding of themselves, the world and what it takes to be leaders—and they often put their newly acquired skills to use right here in their home community. After an amazing week in Washington, the students will bring home friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Stay tuned for info about how you can be part of the 2021 Youth Tour! Details Fall 2020.