Government-in-Action Youth Tour
HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE sponsored two students from high schools in our service area on the Government in- Action Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. They are Taylor Haile, a high school senior from Hamilton, and Kirsten Niemann, a high school junior, also from Hamilton.
Youth Tour is an annual, all-expense-paid tour of our nation’s capital for high school students. These two young ladies represented HCEC well on this trip of a lifetime. They joined 145 other high school students from around the state of Texas who also participated in this opportunity and were sponsored by their local electric cooperatives.
HCEC conducted an essay contest for juniors and seniors attending schools in districts within the cooperative’s service area. Eligible applicants are those who are members of a household that is a member of HCEC.
The Youth Tour opportunity was advertised in Texas Co-op Power. Counselors, teachers and administrators from area school districts also were instrumental in getting the word out to interested applicants.
HCEC received five applications and essays. The essays were required to be 500 words or fewer on the topic, “The Most Influential Figure in American History, in My Opinion, Is _________ Because … .” The applications were used to verify eligibility, and the essays alone were reviewed and ranked by a volunteer committee from nearby Bartlett Electric Cooperative. The top two essay winners received sponsorships for the trip.
Taylor is the daughter of Brandon and Bridgette Haile of Hamilton. Kirsten is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Niemann of Hamilton. Taylor and Kirsten departed June 7 and returned to Austin on June 16. 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 and began a whirlwind of activities, which included a day to meet with their elected representatives to discuss current issues. They toured Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress. They also 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 boat cruise with dinner and dancing.
The board of directors and staff of Hamilton County EC are excited to offer this opportunity to these local students!
Full article is available in the Coop Magazine