Teens – Apply With a Video Now to Win an Action Packed Trip to DC!

One high school student from WCEC’s 9-county service territory can win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. by applying now! This trip, called the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, is a youth leadership program sponsored by Wood County Electric Cooperative and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

About 125 of Texas High School students and chaperones from across Texas will spend over a week together immersed in what has been called a memorable and life-changing experience by past participants. The Texas delegates begin the trip with a full day in Austin, TX, to include a guided tour of the Texas Capitol, a picnic lunch on Capitol grounds, a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, followed by viewing the Star of Destiny film at the Bullock IMAX theater. After a good nights sleep, this group will jet off to Washington, DC to meet with more than 1,700 fellow delegates from other states for a jam packed trip of a life-time

Highlights of the DC visit include meeting congressional leaders, visiting numerous national monuments and historic sites, touring Smithsonian Institution museums and the National Zoo, taking a river boat cruise of the Potomac, experiencing a show at the Kennedy Center, and rallying with other state’s delegates for a day of inspirational speakers.

To apply, candidates should first download the official application. Once completed they should follow the submission instructions and then create a short one to three minutes video on the topic: The Next Big Thing: My Cooperative and our Future Together.

Do a little research, but also be creative and have fun. Rural electrification has come a long way since the 1930s. It powers our lives to include our necessities and our conveniences. In 1938, the founders of WCEC could not have dreamed of the possibilities and comforts that their actions have delivered to our region today through the gift of electricity. Step into those shoes and imagine what will be possible 25 years from now in 2042. Be credible, while imagining and dreaming of how our electric cooperative will power the future.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Contestants must be a current high school junior or senior and have permanent residence within WCEC’s service territory.
  • Contestents must be a citizen of the United States with valid documentation for travel.
  • Contestents’ parents/guardians must be members of WCEC.
  • Previous Youth Tour contest winners are not eligible.

Application Submission

  • Download official application.
  • Follow instructions on application and submit to WCEC.
  • After application submission, contestants will be sent an email from WCEC with a link to submit a video.
  • Videos must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2017.

Video Topic

  • The Next Big Thing – My Cooperative and our Future Together.
  • Do a little research, but also be creative and have fun. Rural electrification has come a long way since the 1930’s. It powers our lives to include our necessities and our conveniences. In 1938, the founders of WCEC could not have dreamed of the possibilities and comforts that their actions delivered to our region today through the gift of electricity. Step into those shoes and imagine what will be possible 25 years from now in 2042. Be credible, while imagining and dreaming of how our electric cooperative will power the future.

Scoring

  • Videos must be a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 3 minutes long.
  • Approved video formats are: MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI or FLV.
  • Videos will be submitted in private mode, but the winning video may be released publically.
  • Applicants may invite others to be in their video, but only one applicant per video will be qualified. Multiple applicants may not submit the same video.
  • A video release must be signed by any and all person(s) in the video.
  • All content must be the original work of the submitter.
  • Independent judges will score based on content to include: electric cooperative knowledge, creativity, originality and credibility.

Winner

  • The winner will represent WCEC on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. in June 7-16, 2017.
  • An alternate will be chosen in the event the winner cannot make the trip.

Qualified entries must arrive at WCEC by 11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2017.   

Those wishing more information about the tour should visit http://youthtour.org to see pictures and videos from past annual tours.