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Share in the Trip of a Lifetime

Over the past 50 years, Texas co-ops have sent 3,700 students and 365 chaperones to Washington, D.C., on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. WCEC will be sending one lucky teen, all-expenses paid, on this annual tour.  This trip is always a treasured memory for the participants, but the 2015 trip promises to be extraordinary as the 50th anniversary tour.

The 2015 Youth Tour, scheduled for June 10-19, 2015, will depart from Austin, and include tours of the Governor’s Mansion, Texas State Capitol, and the Bob Bullock Museum. WCEC’s delegate will then travel with students from across Texas to Washington, D.C. This group will ultimately join approximately 1,200 Youth Tour participants from across the country. This tremendous learning opportunity will include tours of the Smithsonian museums, Washington National Cathedral, George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon and other historical sites and memorials. Additionally, one day will be dedicated to Congressional visits and Capitol tours.

WCEC is calling all eligible high school juniors or seniors to apply by submitting a 450- to 500-word (approximately one typed page) essay to be judged by a select panel of judges from our membership. This year’s topic is: How my electric cooperative, WCEC, improves my community.” Essayists should write about the value of WCEC’s presence in the 9-county service territory.  Essays will be judged on composition, neatness, originality, and subject knowledge.

Expenses covered by WCEC include airfare, transportation while on the trip, hotel rooms, food costs, and tours. Parents or guardians will be responsible for transporting the teen to and from Austin, Texas. For more information about the tour, visit to see historical pictures and videos.

Eligible Entrants Must:

  • Be a high school student enrolled as a junior or senior.
  • Be a dependent of a Wood County Electric Cooperative member with permanent resident status in WCEC’s service area.
  • Submit an essay of 500 typed words or less about: “How my electric cooperative, WCEC, improves my community.”

No name should appear on the essay. On a separate cover sheet, contestant should include student essayist name, age, and email address, name and address of parent/guardian who is a member of WCEC, contact telephone number, and WCEC account number.   

Essay entries must arrive at WCEC by noon on Friday, February 13th. They may be mailed or hand delivered to:            

Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Attention: Youth Tour 2015
P.O. Box 1827
501 S. Main Street
Quitman, TX 75783

Reference materials from various sources including libraries and the Internet may be used, but the essay should be in the student’s own words.



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