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Local Students Earn the Trip of a Lifetime

Youth Tour winners to visit Washington, D.C. in June

High school juniors and seniors competed in three local contests for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from June 17-26. The students interviewed with a panel of judges to convincingly explain why they should represent South Plains Electric Cooperative. The students were also asked questions on their cooperative knowledge. The four students representing South Plains Electric Cooperative will join about 150 other Texas youth in Austin before heading to Washington. The Texas contingency will be part of more than 1,600 young adults from across the nation participating in the annual Youth Tour.

While on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, students meet with their congressmen and tour the U.S. Capitol Building, Library of Congress and Supreme Court. Participants also visit monuments and memorials, including the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral and Mount Vernon.

While seeing the sights in our nation’s capital, these students get to know each other and form lasting friendships.

Since 1965, South Plains Electric Cooperative has sent 250 students on this trip of a lifetime.

To learn more about the SPEC Youth Tour program, visit