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Government in Action – Youth Tour




Students Return From
Youth Tour

HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SPONSORED TWO students from high schools in our service area on this year’s Government-in-Action Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C.  Kylee Sutherland and Braydon Hollingsworth, both seniors from Goldthwaite, experienced the life-changing 10-day journey in June.

Youth Tour is an annual, all-expenses-paid tour of our nation’s capital for eligible high school juniors and seniors. These two young people represented HCEC ably on this trip of a lifetime. They joined a delegation of 148 other high school students from around the state who also were sponsored by local electric cooperatives.

HCEC conducted an essay contest extended to juniors and seniors who attend school within the cooperative’s service area. Eligible applicants had to reside in a household that is a member of HCEC. The Youth Tour opportunity and contest were advertised in Texas Co-op Power.  Counselors, teachers and administrators from area school districts were instrumental in getting the word out to interested applicants.

HCEC received six applications and essays. The essays were required to be 500 words or fewer on the topic, “If you had the opportunity to change one thing about your school or community, what would it be and why?” The applications were used to verify eligibility, while the essays were reviewed and ranked by a volunteer committee from Bartlett Electric Cooperative. top two essay winners received sponsorships for the trip.

Sutherland is the daughter of Kody Sutherland and Janna Collins of Goldthwaite. Hollingsworth is the son of Rusty and Tracy Hollingsworth, also of Goldthwaite. Sutherland and Hollingsworth departed June 6 and returned June 15. The action-packed trip kicked off in Austin, where students toured the state Capitol and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Then students flew to Washington, where they took part in a whirlwind of activities that included a day to meet with their elected representatives to discuss current issues. They toured Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress and explored monuments and museums, including Mount Vernon; the National Cathedral; the Smithsonian Institution; the Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Lincoln, Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans memorials. They spent some time at Arlington National Cemetery and attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Other activities included learning about rural  electrification, seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center and going on a Potomac River cruise with dinner and dancing.

The board of directors and staff of Hamilton County EC are very excited to offer this opportunity to these local students!

To read the essays that won Sutherland and Hollingsworth spots on the 2018 Youth Tour, the full article is available in the Coop Magazine.

For more information, visit Contact Keela Payne by phone at (254) 386-9428 or by email at for an application.



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