For 63 years, PEC has proudly participated in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour program, which sends local high school students on a trip to Washington, D.C., each summer. PEC’s delegates will join 1,500 additional students chosen from electric cooperatives across the country June 17-26.
While in Washington, students will have the opportunity to visit historical sites, meet with their elected officials in Congress, and learn more about our government.
This year, PEC selected 10 students, with representatives from all over our service area. They include:
Danae Barkocy, Leander High School
Nyah Gray, Home School
Pierce Heller, Canyon Lake High School
Jesus Jimenez, Hays High School
Vishal Narra, Westwood High School
Ashlee Reed, Georgetown High School
Luthary Segura, Wimberley High School
Morgan Sholund, Smithson Valley High School
Stephanie Valdez, Leander High School
Catarina Vazquez, San Marcos Academy
As part of the competition, students were asked to answer five short questions and submit two reference letters.
“I’m so excited for this year’s talented group of Youth Tour delegates and the experience that awaits them,” said PEC Youth Engagement Representative Celeste Mikeska. “It will be the trip of a lifetime, and hopefully by learning about public service firsthand, they will be inspired to become future leaders.”
In 1957, then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson urged NRECA directors and staff to send young people to Washington, D.C. That idea spurred the creation of the Youth Tour program, and we couldn’t be more proud to support our cooperative’s young members.