Youth Tour Recipients--With A Twist

January 18, 2017
Youth Tour Recipients

High school juniors and seniors competed in three local contests for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., from June 7-16. The students interviewed with a panel of judges to convincingly explain why they should represent South Plains Electric Cooperative. The students were also asked questions on their cooperative knowledge. The five students representing South Plains Electric Cooperative will join about 147 other Texas youth before heading out to Washington.

The Texas contingency will be part of about 1,400 young adults from across the nation participating in the annual Youth Tour. Read on to the learn about the "twist."

 

The Twist

The Youth Tour contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors attending a qualifying school—even an employee’s kid. When Brooke Shobert
won the Spur contest, without the judges knowing she was an employee’s kid, the Operation Round Up Employee Fund Committee decided to sponsor her so the Cooperative could send Morgan Atkinson from Guthrie as the alternate winner and a member’s kid.

The Operation Round Up Employee Fund is supported through payroll deductions, not member contributions, and governed by a committee of employees. The Employee Fund already sponsors scholarships, so it was a natural fit to add sponsoring a Youth Tour winner. This is another example of the employees working in the best interest of all Cooperative members.