SWTEC Sends 3 Area Youth to Washington DC
SWTEC Sends 3 to Washington DC
Jamie Hough of Menard High School and Jacqui Lozano and Micaela Forlano of Eldorado High School have been selected to participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington DC., June 12-21. Jamie, Jacqui, and Micaela, won the annual essay contest sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative.
Jamie Hough is a junior at Menard High School and is the daughter of Thomas and Genevieve Hough. She is has been very involved in 4-H, Beta Club, Academic UIL, One Act Play, and Student Council. Jamie won the “I Dare You” Award for 4-H and did shooting sports and participated in the food show. She also plays softball, tennis, and track and field for Menard High School. Jamie’s future goals are to attend Texas Tech University or University of Texas at Austin to study business marketing to become a market analyst.
Jacqui Lozano is a senior at Eldorado High School and is the daughter of Lynn and Rosa Lozano. While at Eldorado High School, Jacqui has been highly involved in UIL where she was a regional qualifier in UIL Calculator, UIL Feature Writing, and State Qualifier in UIL News Writing. Also while at Eldorado High School, Jacqui has been a part of Student Council, Color Guard Drill Team, Band, Football Manager, and FCCUA. This fall, Jacqui plans on either attending Angelo State University where she plans on majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Work.
Micaela Forlano is a senior at Eldorado High School and is the daughter of Rico and Cheryl Forlano. She is very active in 4-H, FFA, and UIL. Micaela was the recipient of the 4-H Gold Star, FFA Lone Star Farmer Degree, Schleicher County Rodeo Queen, Friends of Sutton County NRA, 4-H National Championship team member in wool judging, 4-H state championship team in Mohair judging, and many other awards while making the Eagle Excellence which is the A-Honor Roll award. In Micaela’s spare time, she loves reading, painting/sketching, baking, and hunting. Micaela plans on attend Angelo State University in the fall where she wants to pursue a degree in Agriculture Management.
The three will join 157 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 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.