The annual Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) Government-In-Action Youth Tour speech contest was held February 17, 2016 at BCEC’s Roby office. This year’s topic was: How would your life change if electricity no longer existed? Out of an outstanding group of competitors, three winners were selected: Mollie Hagler of Anson, Elle-Kaye Terry of Roby and Bryanna Birdsong of Stamford. They will join 1,500 other teens from across the country for a 10-day all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. Along with the trip to D.C., the students will each receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Sabrina Highfield of Ira receives a $1,500 scholarship and will serve as runner-up in the event one of the students is unable to go on the trip. Matthew Ramirez and Autumn Cleveland, both of Roby, will receive $750 scholarships each.
The purpose of this tour is to provide an opportunity for youth to visit monuments, government buildings and cooperative related organizations in order to become familiar with the historical and political environment of our nation’s capital. They will enjoy the best of Washington, D.C., tour the Smithsonian Institute, Ford’s Theatre, the FBI Building, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Mount Vernon and countless other points of interest. The students will experience the sight of Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Memorial, and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will visit their Congressman’s office and find out face to face what’s going on in national government. Their Congressman will meet with the students and answer questions about current governmental issues.
Big Country Electric Cooperative is excited to offer our area youth a chance for such an experience and thanks all the students who participated for their entries!