2020 YT Winners
In June, local students Haigen Hemphill, 10th grade, from Coleman High School and McCaelyn Beuschel, 10th grade, from Winters High School will be in Washington, D.C., expanding their horizons by exploring the monuments on the National Mall, shaking hands with elected officials and dancing on a boat on the Potomac River.
Hemphill & Beuschel won Coleman County Electric Cooperative’s interview contest, and the prize is a place on the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership trip to the nation’s capital, June 17th-26th, with more than 150 fellow Texas students and 1,900 young adults from around the country.
Youth Tour has been a Texas co-op tradition since 1965, when co-ops—inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, who encouraged youths to go to Washington to see “what the flag stands for and represents”—began sponsoring teens on this trip. Educating and mentoring young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to support the communities they serve. Since the program’s inception, nearly 4,000 Texans have gone on what many call the trip of a lifetime.
This year, Hemphill & Beuschel will begin their adventure in Austin, where winners from across the state are greeted by Texas Electric Cooperatives, the association that organizes the state’s participation in Youth Tour. From there, the planned agenda includes a tour of the state Capitol and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum before boarding a flight to Washington. Once there, the itinerary is jam-packed with sightseeing and meaningful events, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and appointments with elected officials.
After their week in Washington, Hemphill & Beuschel will bring home memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information about the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, visit TexasYouthTour.com, find the Texas Youth Tour Alumni page on Facebook or ask CCEC for a copy of Your Tour magazine.