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HILCO Trio Makes Lasting Memories on ‘Trip of a Lifetime’

Students from HILCO EC participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour

Making lifelong friends during a once-in-a-lifetime trip is just one of the many reasons to take part in the Government in-Action Youth Tour.

That’s why HILCO Electric Cooperative was proud to send three young members on the 10-day trip to Austin and Washington, D.C., organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Ryan Markwardt and Kaylei Cole from Itasca High School and Vanessa Alvarado from Gholson High School were among 157 Texas teens who attended Youth Tour in June. The trio started their trip in Austin, where they got a look at their state history and government, and finished in Washington, D.C., where they visited the U.S. Capitol, National Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and many other memorials and museums.

Since 1964, more than 50,000 high school students have visited our nation’s capital through Youth Tour. Some 1,800 teens participate every summer for a firsthand look at political involvement, community service and issues that affect our nation and world. As part of HILCO’s commitment to the communities it serves, the co-op is honored to provide this opportunity for youths in our service area. For more information about Youth Tour, visit