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 6-15. 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.
With the help of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative and our Operation Round Up Employee Fund, there will be a total of seven students representing South Plains Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., this summer.
The Youth Tour brings more than 1,300 high school students to Washington, D.C., every year, and has since the early 1960s. More than 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over America have participated in this unique program. The students representing SPEC will join about 147 other Texas youth before heading out to Washington. The Texas contingency will be part of more than 1,600 young adults from across the nation participating in the annual Youth Tour.
Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They attend educational seminars, visit with their representatives in the House, and see the sights around Washington, D.C. To learn more, go to www.youthtour.coop (link is external).
The deadline for the 2017 interview contest has passed. Check back in August 2018 for more details.