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BCEC Announces Winners of Annual Youth Tour Contest
In June, local students Braelyn Bevel of Haskell, Kendra Bynum of Snyder, and Luke Alexander Thane of Stamford were to be in Washington, D.C., expanding their horizons.
These three students won Big Country Electric Cooperative’s video contest, and the prize is a place on the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership trip to the nation’s capital, with more than 150 fellow Texas students and 1,700 young adults from around the country. Houston Harris of Roby is the runner-up. Additionally, each winner and runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The trip was to take place June 17-26, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Twenty-two local students submitted excellent videos on the topic: You are a candidate for an open seat on Big Country’s board of directors. In two to three minutes, tell us why you should be elected. Links to the winning videos are posted below!
Youth Tour has been a Texas co-op tradition since 1965, when co-ops—inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson who encouraged youths to go to Washington to see their American heritage and government at work, “what the flag stands for and represents”—began sponsoring teens on this trip. Educating and mentoring young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to support the communities they serve. Since the 1960s, nearly 4,000 Texans and more than 50,000 young Americans have gone on what many call the trip of a lifetime.
Stay tuned for info about how you can be part of the 2021 Youth Tour! Details Fall 2020.