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Enter PEC's Youth Tour contest

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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2016 Youth Tour Winners

The six winners of the 2016 PEC Youth Tour contest were, front row from left: Anna Gallagher, Leander High School; Erica Colston, Canyon Lake High School and Mackenzie Smith, Jack C. Hays High School. Back row, from left: Loryn Hudson, Ian Blount and Chance Walker, all of Jack C. Hays High School.


2016 PEC Youth Tour winners


Download Youth Tour Contest guidelines

Contest Guidelines

Download 2017 Youth Tour Contest guidelines and information.

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Apply Online

Complete and submit an application for the 2017 Youth Tour.

Download Youth Tour poster

2017 Youth Tour Poster

Look for the poster in your school or library, too

Visit the NRECA Youth Tour website

NRECA Youth Tour

Visit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour Contest site.