SWTEC Sends 2 Area Youth to DC
Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative Sent Two Area Youths to DC
Taylor Emmons of Eldorado High School and Claire Thiebaud of Sonora High School were selected to participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington D.C., June 7-16. Taylor and Claire won the essay contest sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative.
The two joined 145 other youths and chaperones in activities including: meeting their respective congressman; toured the Smithsonian Institution; participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, visited Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington; and saw memorials honoring presidents, heroes, and historic events important to the United States. The group watched money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and attended a stage play at the Kennedy Center. The Texans were part of the 1,500 Youth Tour delegates in the nation's capital participating in Youth Day activities hosted by the (NRECA) National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The Youth Tour program was an idea suggested in 1957 by then Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas. During remarks at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Johnson recommended that co-ops "sponsor scholarships to send young people to the nation's capital to see what the flag stands for and represents." Several co-ops began on their own in 1958 to select students and chaperones, prepare an itinerary and arrange travel plans to Washington, D.C. In 1965, Texas Electric Cooperatives, the Austin-based statewide association of rural electric cooperatives in Texas, began the coordination of the annual Youth Tour program.
Taylor just finished her junior year at Eldorado High School and is the daughter of Conon and Melissa Emmons. She participated in UIL one-act play, poetry, basketball and track. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
Claire just finished her senior year at Sonora High School and is the daughter of Daniel and Judy Theibaud. She was president of the local FFA chapter and held the area office of chaplain. Clare played volleyball and tennis, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is active in the Brushy Top Cowboy Church, playing keyboards. Claire plans on attending West Texas A&M University this Fall.