Stevenson was chosen by an independent judge based on her essay describing “Life Before Rural Electricity.” She has been on the honor roll and has played the clarinet for eight years. She has been a member of The Roarin’ Soarin’ Blue Hawk Band for the past five years, as well as a Majorette with the band for the past two. Aaliyah has advanced to state competition for three years in band and twirling achievements. When she is not busy with school, she spends time with family and works at Da Mustard Seed Cafe in Hawkins, where her boss, Sharonda Rose, encouraged her to enter the youth tour contest.
Upon graduation, Aaliyah plans on attending Abilene Christian University. She is the daughter of Jade and Charles Stevenson of Hawkins, TX, who expressed how proud they are of her achievements and how pleased they are she will participate in this experience of a lifetime.
Stevenson will travel to Washington, D.C., with approximately 120 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.
WCEC CEO/General Manager Debbie Robinson said, “We are extremely proud of this program and the youth we sponsor to represent our cooperative members. Over the years we’ve seen the positive impact this program has made in developing leadership skills that students will demonstrate throughout their careers and in life.”
Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with the mission of providing member-customers reliable electric service at a reasonable rate. WCEC serves over 33,000 meters in parts of nine counties throughout northeast Texas, including Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.