CTEC will sponsor three high school students to participate in the
Government-in-Action Youth Tour June 12 - 21, 2022.
Recently, due to a surge in coronavirus cases, it is now a requirement for anyone over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination to enter many of the venues in the D.C. area. There are also new restrictions on access to many of the venues that are part of the weeklong trip. Preparation for Youth Tour requires months of planning, and decisions often need to be made well in advance. Central Texas Electric Co-op is currently working with state and national Youth Tour stakeholders to evaluate the situation and make decisions that are in the best interest of our members. The situation remains fluid, and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
Essays of 500 words or less must be submitted in the CTEC Headquarters office in Fredericksburg Texas by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022. The topic of this year’s essay is “How will electrical needs change in the future?” Winning essays will be selected by independent judges and will be judged on originality (40%), knowledge of the topic (30%), composition (10%), neatness (10%), and grammar (10%).
Participation is open to high school students that have completed their sophomore year by May 2022. Students whose parents or guardians are members of CTEC are eligible. The CTEC electric account must be in the name of the parent or guardian.
All expenses for the tour (except personal items such as souvenirs etc.) will be paid by the co-op for the three winners of an essay contest. CTEC winners will join youths from throughout Texas in Austin, Texas, and spend time visiting the Governor’s Mansion, the State Capital and the Bob Bullock Museum. Once in Washington D.C., some of the stops include the National Cathedral, Pentagon City Mall, Arlington Cemetery and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Kennedy Center, Mount Vernon, Union Station, Potomac Boat Cruise and Dance, Smithsonian Museums, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Hill, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Sunset Parade at Iwo Jima, White House and much more!
Chaperons will be provided by sponsoring electric cooperatives and CTEC will provide transportation to and from Austin, Texas. Two alternates will also be named in the event a winner might be unable to attend the tour.