One Lucky Student Will Win an Action Packed Trip to D.C.

 ONE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT from Wood County Electric Cooperative’s nine-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 WCEC and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The trip is June 12-21. To be eligible, applicants must be a current high school junior or senior and be a permanent resident within WCEC’s service territory and cooperative members.

About 125 high school students and chaperones from across Texas will spend more than a week together immersed in what past participants have called a memorable and life changing experience. The Texas delegates begin the trip with a full day in Austin, which includes a guided tour of the Texas Capitol, a picnic on the Capitol grounds and a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Then this group jets off to Washington, D.C., to meet with more than 1,700 fellow delegates from other states for a jam-packed trip of a lifetime!

Highlights of the D.C. visit include meeting congressional leaders, and visiting numerous national monuments and historic sites such as the Supreme Court and Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials, the Vietnam, World War II and Korean memorials and the Washington Monument.

To apply, candidates should download the official application  and submit a 450 to 500 word essay (about 1 typed page). This will be judged by an independent panel. Wood County Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that was started in 1938 to serve the needs for rural East Texans. There are many different types of cooperatives such as utility cooperatives, banking cooperatives, and farmers’ cooperatives. This year’s essay topic is to “Describe what a cooperative is and if you were to start a cooperative today, what kind would it be and what would it offer?”

Be creative and have fun.

2019 Eligibility
To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be an area high school student enrolled as a junior or senior.
  • Be a dependent of a WCEC member.
  • Have permanent resident status in WCEC’s service territory.
  • Be a legal resident of the United States.

Qualified entries must arrive at WCEC by 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2019

Youth Tour Application