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2017 Youth Tour Delegates Named

Bailey County Electric Cooperative Announces 2017 Youth Tour Delegates


Muleshoe, TX—February 6, 2017—Bailey County Electric Cooperative (BCEC) today announced that three (3) area High School students have been chosen to represent the Cooperative in Washington, D.C. at the annual Government-In-Action Youth Tour.  The trip will be held June 7 – 16, 2017 with the students gathering in Austin, Texas where they will join 125 Texas delegates and travel together to Washington, D.C.

The students who will be representing BCEC are BryLee Beall, a Senior at Muleshoe High School, Natalia Guerra-Nicholas, a Senior at Farwell High School and Ashley Scott, a Senior at Lazbuddie High School.  Miguel Lucas, a Senior from Muleshoe High School, was named the alternate should any of the delegates be unable to attend. 

The number of area high school students who applied for this trip was 11, which was the largest number of applicant’s BCEC has had for the trip in several years.  These students participated in an in-person interview by a panel of independent judges who do not reside in our service territory nor know any of the applicants.   

The trip begins in Austin, where students tour the Capitol, the State Cemetery and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The following morning, the students fly to Washington, D.C., and begin a week-long tour of the nation’s capital, visiting sites of interest which include the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution, and all the memorials.  The students will learn about rural electrification, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, attend a performance at the Kennedy Center, sail on a Potomac River boat cruise with dinner and dancing, and meeting their Texas elected officials.

The program evolved from an idea of then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, an advocate of rural electrification and youth supporter, who inspired cooperatives to send area students to the U.S. capital to see their American heritage and government at work. Since 1965, electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in the nationwide program, coordinated by Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC), the statewide association.  More than 3,800 Texas students have gone on the trip since its inception.

Established in 1938, BCEC is a member-owned cooperative headquartered in Muleshoe, Texas. BCEC provides energy to 1,570 members in portions of Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Lamb and Parmer counties. BCEC owns and maintains 2,875 miles of line, and has 8,846 meters on their system.

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For more information, please contact Rickie Warren or Suzie Brown at 806-272-4504 or 1-800-869-7049. 

For information about the Texas Youth Tour, visit, find the Texas Youth Tour Alumni page on Facebook or ask BCEC for a copy of Your Tour magazine. 

Participants pictured below (front row from left to right) are:  BryLee Beall, Yvonne Diaz, Kinsley Rice, Ashley Scott, Elysia Espinoza, Davis Smith, Natalia Guerra-Nicholas and Marilyn Melendez.  Back row from left are:  Jacob Kettner, Coleman Preston and Miguel Lucas.

2017 Youth Tour Delegates are (from left):  BryLee Beall, Natalia Guerra-Nicholas and Ashley Scott.

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