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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

You’re a Texas high school student.-- You’re smart -- you have big dreams. Maybe you’ve never been out of the state, and maybe you’ve never flown on a plane, but you want to travel -- experience a big city, visit historic landmarks and meet people, and not just fellow  high schoolers but influential public figures, like U.S. representatives. 

If that describes you, then you’re a candidate to apply for a slot on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 17–26, 2020, sponsored by Concho Valley Electric Cooperative and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives. Apply to Concho Valley EC’s Youth Tour contest for a chance to win a ticket for this adventure, called by many -- "The Trip of a lifetime!"

Youth Tour is an action-packed trip to the U.S. capital with about 125 of your peers and chaperones from across Texas. You’ll visit the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Institution, memorials and more. Activities include seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center and meeting elected officials.

You could be part of this legacy shared by the more than 3,800 past Texas Youth Tour students who have participated since 1965. To apply, submit an application and an essay to be judged independently through Concho Valley Electric Cooperative. 


Submission Deadline:    February 14, 2020

Eligible entrants must:

  • Be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
  • Attend high school in one of the following towns: Sterling City, Central, Lake View, Grape Creek, Robert Lee, Bronte, Miles, Veribest, Wall, Christoval, Paint Rock, Mertzon, or Water Valley.
  • Submit an essay on the topic:
    • “Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles” Now and in the future? "


Applications must arrive at Concho Valley Electric Cooperative by 5 p.m., February 14, 2020. They may be submitted any one of several ways: by dropping them off at the office, by mail, or by email to [email protected] or by fax at 325-655-6950. For more information about Youth Tour, visit and or contact Stacy Walter at 325-655-6957 or [email protected]

Contest Rules

  1. Concho Valley Electric Cooperative will sponsor four area students on an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 17 through June 26, 2020.
  2. The contest will be open to any student who is a sophomore, junior, or senior in the school year 2019/2020 in one of these school districts: Lake View, Central, Sterling, Grape Creek, Robert Lee, Bronte, Miles, Veribest, Wall, Christoval, Paint Rock, Irion County and Water Valley. Applicants must be a dependent of a CVEC member.
  3. Each contestant will submit an essay not to exceed 500 words on the subject:  “Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles” Now and in the future? "
  4. Complete the Youth Tour Application form and submit along with the essay.
  5. An independent committee will select the winning essays on the basis of knowledge of the subject, originality, composition, neatness and grammar. Reference materials and other information can be obtained at local high schools, public libraries or online.
  6. Essays and applications must be submitted by February 14,2020 - 5 p.m.
  7. Four winners will be selected from all submitted entries.
  8. Winners will be notified by March 3,2020. One runner-up will be selected in the event a winner cannot make the trip.


How to Apply

Submit your application and essay...


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