SWTEC Sends 2 Area Youth to DC

SWTEC Sends 2 Area Youth to DC

SWTEC Sends Two Area Youths to DC

Summer Hall, left, and Madolen Clark are headed to Washington, D.C., this summer 
compliments of Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative


Summer Hall of Sonora High School and Madelon Clark of Menard High School have been selected to participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington DC., June 7-16. Summer and Madelon won the annual essay contest sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative.

The two will join 145 other youths and chaperones in activities including: meeting their respective congressmen; touring the Smithsonian Institute; participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery; visiting Mount Vernon, the home of Martha Washington; and seeing memorials honoring presidents, heroes and historic events important to the foundation and making of the United States. The group will watch money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and attend a stage play at the Kennedy Center. The Texans will be part of the 1,500 Youth Tour delegates in the nation’s capital participating in Youth Day activities hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The Youth Your program was an idea suggested in 1957 by the 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 or rural electric cooperatives in Texas, began the coordination of the annual Youth Tour program.

Summer is a senior at Sonora High School and the daughter of Stephen and Susan Hall. She is very active in 4-H and FFA, winning this years San Angelo, San Antonio, State Fair, and Hill Country Livestock Shows showing her angora goats. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the National Honor Society, Fellowship Christian Athletes, and the Sonora Varsity Cheerleaders. Summer will be attending Texas Tech University this Fall where she plans on studying to become a Pediatrician.

Madelon is a junior at Menard High School and is the daughter of Lee and Lisa Clark. She is involved in 4-H, Beta Club, Academic UIL, One Act Play, Band, Cross Country, and Track. Madelon is a two time state qualifier in CX Debate. Madelon is very active at St. James Episcopal Church located in Fort McKavett, where she is a member and donates her time for living history days and the award winning Old Stories New Voices Summer Camp, where she was a camper and staffer for numerous years.

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