In 1957, then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson urged the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s directors and staff to bring young people to Washington, D.C., to watch the political process in action. That idea spurred the creation of the Youth Tour program. For more than 60 years, PEC has proudly participated in the Youth Tour, which sends high school students on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., each summer.
This year, PEC selected 10 students from more than 100 applications. They’ll join 1,500 additional students from other electric cooperatives across the country on the trip. The 2019 Youth Tour delegates include:
Elisabeth Allbritton, Akins High School
Harrison Fugate, Lehman High School
Barbara Gano, Leander High School
Alexa Harper, John Paul II Catholic High School
Marcos Martinez, Westwood High School
Madeleine Morris, Canyon Lake High School
Matthew Roiland, Hays High School
Kenadee Stewart, Marble Falls High School
Abigail Truman, Cedar Park High School
As part of the competition, students were asked to answer five short questions and submit two reference letters — one from the student’s school and another from outside of school, such as a church pastor or boss.
“I’m thrilled for this bright group of young students and all the opportunities that are in store for them,” PEC Youth Engagement Representative Celeste Mikeska said. “We’re proud to send them on this trip of a lifetime, to teach them about public service, and hopefully inspire a new generation of leaders.”