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2022 Youth Tour Essay Contest

Bowie-Cass Electric Co-op is proud to be able to once again sponsor two (2) students on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, a 10-day, guided trip to Austin and Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour is an all-expenses-paid trip to ou state's and the nation’s capital. Our statewide association, Texas Electric Cooperatives, coordinates the trip, which takes place June 12-21, 2022.

Students selected for this opportunity join more than 150 of their peers from Texas and some 1,900 other students from across the U.S. on this trip of a lifetime. Designed to give young people insight into national history, Youth Tour expands participants’ horizons while educating them about government and cooperatives. Electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in Youth Tour since 1965.

The trip starts with a day in Austin, where students tour the state Capitol, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Texas State Cemetery. They then fly to Washington for an action-packed week that includes tours of historic sites, museums, and congressional offices, where they meet with their U.S. representatives. Other highlights of the trip include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an evening cruise on the Potomac River. Participants also attend Youth Day, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, for a day of learning and inspiration.

A sense of purpose has guided co-ops throughout their existence, and for Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative and others across the country, that means investing in our young people—the leaders of tomorrow.

To become part of this legacy and represent BCEC on Youth Tour, enter the essay contest!

Eligibility: Students who are juniors or seniors in high school in the 2021-22 school year, and whose parent or legal guardian is a member of Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative are eligible.

Contest Rules: Students must submit an essay not to exceed 500 words, typed and double spaced, on one of two topic selections:

Topic #1: How is an electric cooperative different from other types of electric companies and what are the benefits of those differences?
Topic #2: What is the history of electric cooperatives and how does that history affect their business today?

The winners will be chosen according to originality and content of their essays. Essays must be submitted no later than Friday, January 28, 2022. Youth Tour Essay contest finalists will be required to submitt a video of themselves reading their essay for final consideration.

Essays and videos can be submitted electronically to jtcalhoun@bcec.com or by mail, to Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative, Inc. P.O. Box 47, Douglassville, TX 75560 Attn: Youth Tour Essay Contest.

Include a Cover Page with your essay.  The Cover Page will need to the applying students name, email address, date of birth, school and grade level in the 2021-2022 school year, parent or guardians name, address, email, and telephone number.

For more information, contact J.T Calhoun by phone at (903)846-2311, ext. 226, or by email at jtcalhoun@bcec.com or visit texasyouthtour.com.

Check out “2019 TEC Youth Tour: The Next Generation” from Texas Youth Tour on Vimeo.  The video is available for your viewing at:  https://vimeo.com/352982184

*If COVID-19 prompts the cancellation of this year’s trip to Washington, D.C., alternative awards will be given.

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