Each year, Big Country Electric Cooperative sends three students to Washington, D.C., on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. This year's participants were Elle-Kaye Terry of Roby and Mollie Hagler of Anson, and Bryanna Birdsong of Stamford. The action-packed, trip is a weeklong adventure in June for more than 1,700 high school participants from about 45 states. This all-expense-paid tour offers students opportunities to learn about the workings of their national government and visit famous landmarks.
The Texas delegates took a day to meet with their elected representatives to discuss current issues. They then toured Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress. They also explored monuments and museums, including Mount Vernon; the National Cathedral; the Smithsonian Institution; the Holocaust Museum; and the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Vietnam Veterans memorials, among others. They spent time at Arlington National Cemetery and attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group also took a sightseeing and dance cruise on the Potomac River with students from all over the country.
Other events included Youth Day, coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. All the Youth Tour delegates came together for a special event with a keynote address by an inspirational speaker.