Beech To Represent WCEC In Washington
Katelyn “Gracie” Beech, age 18, and a senior at Yantis High School, has taken first place in Wood County Electric Cooperative’s (WCEC) video contest. As the winner, she will represent WCEC at the Government in Action Youth Tour in Washington, D. C., June 7-16, 2017.
She was chosen based on her video submission “The Next Big Thing – My Cooperative and our Future Together”. In her video titled, “Plugging In”, Beech spoke about the rich cooperative heritage, and then speculated about how the demand for electricity will only grow with the adoption of the modern conveniences used by her generation.
Gracie is the President of the Yantis FFA and the Vice President of Area VI FFA Association and has held past officer’s position in the Mineola District. She competes in a variety of FFA events including showing of market lambs and public speaking. She is a member of the Yantis volleyball team and participates in Academic UIL, BETA Club, and the Gifted and Talented Program. She is also the Treasurer of the Spanish Club, and attends the Seymour Bible Fellowship Church.
One of Gracie’s stated missions in life is to inspire others to be leaders. To do that, upon graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M in Commerce where she wishes to study Agricultural Communications.
Beech will travel to Washington, D.C. with approximately 150 other Youth Tour winners from other Texas cooperatives. She will have the opportunity to meet congressional representatives, and visit historic memorials and cultural centers in our nations’ capitol.
Gracie is the daughter of WCEC members Shannon and Kristi Beech, of Quitman. She has an older brother Dylan, and she is the granddaughter of Freddie and Linda Fisher of Yantis, and Norma Beech of Quitman.