2017 Youth Tour Contest
For the 35th year, Pedernales Electric will join electric cooperatives across the country to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program. The program, which sends high school students in grades 10-12 on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., is a great opportunity for PEC’s younger members to learn more about government, tour historical sites and meet local political representatives.
This year’s contest asks students to write an essay on the following topic:
Imagine it is the year 2030 and you are a PEC member wishing to run for the PEC Board of Directors. Explain to your fellow PEC members why they should vote for you to represent PEC.
Essays and applications must be received by Oct. 19, and students are eligible if they have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member or receives PEC electric service at their residence.
The Youth Tour program was envisioned in 1957 by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, one of PEC’s founders, who proposed the idea to send "youngsters to the national capital, where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." The tradition spread to cooperatives across the country, and today, almost 1,500 students visit Washington, D.C., each year as a result of nationwide electric cooperative sponsorship.
Please read our contest guidelines before submitting your essay and application online.
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This video, produced by the Texas Youth Tour organization, features some of the PEC-area students who participated in the 2016 trip to Washington, D.C.