Power of Community - Pedernales Electric Cooperative

PEC Youth Tour winners
PEC’s 2017 Youth Tour winners are (left to right): Mahek Dhuka, Leander High School; Blake Fall, Jack C. Hays High School; Callie Fleming, Jack C. Hays High School; Ryan Giberson, Jack C. Hays High School; Isaac White, Jack C. Hays High School; Tinsley Glenn, Dripping Springs High School; Valerie Martin, Leander High School; Megan Gilliam, Jack C. Hays High School; Juan Guerrero, Leander High School. (Not pictured is Michael Martinets, Dripping Springs High School.)

2017 Youth Tour Contest

For the 35th year, Pedernales Electric joined electric cooperatives across the country to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program. The program, which sends high school students in grades 10-12 on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., is a great opportunity for PEC’s younger members to learn more about government, tour historical sites and meet local political representatives.

This year's winners are listed below. Click on each name to read each student's essay.

The Youth Tour program was envisioned in 1957 by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, one of PEC’s founders, who proposed the idea to send "youngsters to the national capital, where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." The tradition spread to cooperatives across the country, and today, almost 1,500 students visit Washington, D.C., each year as a result of nationwide electric cooperative sponsorship.

Keep up with PEC Youth Tour on social media: Follow PEC Youth Tour on Facebook  PEC Youth Tour on Instagram


Download Youth Tour Contest guidelines

Contest Guidelines

Download 2017 Youth Tour Contest guidelines and information.

Download Youth Tour poster

2017 Youth Tour Poster

Look for the poster in your school or library, too

Visit the NRECA Youth Tour website

NRECA Youth Tour

Visit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour Contest site.

Visit Texas Youth Tour

Texas Youth Tour

Visit the Texas Youth Tour Contest site.