2020 Youth Tour Participants
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 13-22. 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.
To be eligible, students must attend a qualifying schools. Those schools are: Abernathy, Anton, Aspermont, Childress, Chillicothe, Coronado, Cotton Center, Crosbyton, Crowell, Estacado, Floydada, Frenship, Guthrie, Hale Center, Idalou, Jayton-Girard, Lorenzo, Lubbock-Cooper, Lubbock, Monterey, Motley Co., New Deal, New Home, Olton, Paducah, Patton Springs, Petersburg, Plainview, Post, Quanah, Ralls, Roosevelt, Ropesville, Rotan, Shallowater, Slaton, Southland, Smyer, Spur and Wilson. If you are attending a private school or are home-schooled, your application will be subject to eligibility verification.
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 150 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.
Since 1965, South Plains Electric Cooperative has sent 250 students on this trip of a lifetime.
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).
On December 7, 2020, NRECA has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Please check back next year to apply for the 2022 Youth Tour.