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SPEC to Sponsor Students on Trip to D.C.

Two deserving high school students will head to Washington D.C., next June on an all-expenses-paid trip, courtesy of San Patricio Electric Cooperative. Your cooperative has once again partnered with the Government in Action Youth Tour to provide this life-changing adventure for local students.


The chaperoned trip, which takes place June 12-21, includes tours of D.C.’s most popular museums, monuments and memorials. Students will visit the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution and more. Activities include learning about rural electrification, seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center, going on a boat cruise with dinner and dancing, and meeting elected officials.

The Government-in-Action Youth Tour is a youth leadership program sponsored by SPEC and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For more than 50 years, electric cooperatives across the state and nation have been sending young adults to the nation’s capital for an action-packed tour.


SPEC’s 2019 Youth Tour participants will be selected through an essay contest. To enter, high school juniors and seniors must submit a 300 to 500 word essay answering, “If you were selected to attend Youth Tour, what three things would you be most excited to see in Washington D.C., and why?”

The two students that write the most outstanding essays will win the all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital. These deserving students will have the opportunity to connect and explore with more than 1,500 teens from across the county.

What are the requirements?

  • You must be a high school junior or senior in SPEC’s service area
  • Your parent or legal guardian must be a member of the cooperative
  • You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • You must be in good standing with your school
  • Submit your essay and application by 5 p.m. on February 1.

How do I apply?

Download the Youth Tour application at

Write a 300-500 word original essay on the topic: “If you were selected to attend Youth Tour, what three things would you be most excited to see in Washington D.C., and why?”

Turn your application and essay into our office no later than 5 p.m. on February 1. Documents may be hand-delivered to our office, emailed to, or mailed to P.O. Drawer 400, Sinton, Texas 78387.

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