ELDORADO — Buff Whitten, Co-op Manager, announced this week the names of winners of an essay contest, sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. Area youths whose winning essay qualified them for an expense-paid Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. are Madison Albin and Ryan Espinosa of Eldorado High School. This year’s essay topic was “Renewable Energy’s Role in Tomorrow’s Energy Supply. “
Madison is the daughter of Kim and Eddie Albin. She is a junior and participates in tennis and UIL Academics. She is also a member of the Mighty Eagle Band and the National Honor Society.
Ryan is the son of Raymond and Lavonne Espinosa. He is a senior at Eldorado High School. He participates in tennis, one-act play and is working part time. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.
The idea for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour sprang from a suggestion by then-Senator and future President Lyndon Johnson that electric cooperatives send young people to the capital to “see what the flag stands for”.
Youth Tour participates will enjoy the best of Washington, D.C., touring the Smithsonian Institute, Mount Vernon, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Ford’s Theater, the FBI building, the White House, the Supreme Court and many other famous sites. They will also be visiting their Congressman’s office and the House of Representatives and the Senate.
They will be among 100 young people from all over Texas participating in the tour of the nation’s capital city, June 13th-21st. Almost 1500 young people from cooperatives across the U.S. are expected to participate in this year’s tour.