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Youth Tour



Bailey County Electric Cooperative (BCEC) has committed to sending two (2) area high school students to our nation's capital each year with the Government-In-Action Youth Tour.  The 2017 Government-In-Action Youth Tour is the trip of a lifetime. The scheduled dates for the 2017 Youth Tour are June 7-16, 2017.  All area high school students are encouraged to enter the BCEC Youth Tour contest. 

Winners of the contest will begin their journey in Austin where they will tour the Governor’s Mansion, the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum. The following morning, the Texas Youth Tour delegation will depart for Washington D.C. where they will join more than 1500 students from across the United States.  While in Washington, highlights of the week-long trip will include a visit to your congressional offices, tours of historic monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian Institute. The will travel to Arlington National Cemetery, Washington National Cathedral, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, enjoy a performance at the Kennedy Center, a night-time dinner and dancing cruise on the Potomac River along with other special attractions.  In addition to taking in the sights and sounds around the nation’s capital, all of the state groups will convene for Rural Electric Youth Day

Eligibility:  Students who are eligible to for this all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. must submit an application and must have completed their sophomore year in high school or be a junior or senior.  Students cannot be older than 19 years of age by June 6, 2017. 

Contest Rules:  Participants will be required to appear before an independent panel of judges and be prepared to discuss the following topics:

  1. Why should you be chosen as a BCEC Youth Tour delegate and what do you expect to gain from the experience in the 2017 Youth Tour.

  2. Explain what you know about BCEC (what counties does BCEC serve, Board of Director’s and their responsibilities, who owns BCEC, etc.)

  3. What is a Cooperative and what is an Investor Owned Utility (IOU)?

  4. Who is Texas Electric Cooperatives and what is their function?

Applicants will have between 5 to 7 minutes of interview time with the panel of judges.  Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions such as those listed above.  Please make sure to know and understand the cooperative business model and understand how cooperatives work.

Judging:  Applicants will be chosen based on their ability to “sell themselves” by answering the questions outlined above.  Judging criteria is based 80% on answers to the questions and 20% on the ability to speak, poise and appearance.  Please dress as you would to go to church or for a job interview. 

Interviews will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the BCEC Meeting Room located at 610 E. American Blvd. in Muleshoe.

To apply:   Simply fill out an application and return it by the deadline.  Click here to download the application.

Applications will be accepted until the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Applications must be returned to Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 E. American Blvd. in Muleshoe, Texas.  Applications returned after the deadline will not be considered.  Applications are available at your high school counselor’s office, the main office of BCEC in Muleshoe, Texas or by downloading the application from the link below.       

If you have any questions, please contact Rickie Warren with BCEC at 806-272-4504 or toll free at (800) 869-7049.  For even more information, please visit Texas Electric Cooperatives for more information about Youth Tour. 

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