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BEC announces Youth Tour winners


Bandera Electric Cooperative announced this week that the 2015 Youth Tour winners are Madison Cox and Dylan Holt, both from Utopia High School. These students will spend a week in Washington, DC, this summer on a trip that seasoned tourists would envy.
Through the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an annual program sponsored by electric cooperatives nationwide, Cox and Holt will join about 125 fellow Texans for a trip of a lifetime June 10-19.
The program evolved from an idea of then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, an advocate of rural electrification and youth education supporter, who inspired cooperatives to send area students to the US capital to see their American heritage and government at work. Since 1965, electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in the nationwide program, coordinated by Texas Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association.
This year, the program promises some special events in celebration of Texas Youth Tour's 50 years of participation.
The events kick off in Austin, where this year's delegation joins alumni for the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion at the Sheraton Austin Hotel. The evening's program features guest speakers including alumni from the first and most recent years, as well as co-op leaders. For the first time, the students will tour the state Capitol, visitor center and Bullock Texas State History Museum.
The students will fly to Washington, DC, and begin a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital, visiting the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution, memorials and more. Activities include seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center, going on a boat cruise with dinner and dancing, and meeting elected officials.
The trip lasts 10 days, but the memories and friendships made will last a lifetime.
For more information about the Texas Youth Tour, visit TexasYouthTour.com, find Texas Youth Tour alumni on Facebook or on the BEC website BanderaElectric.com.