This summer, Marcus Jay Ramirez and Jerry Lefner, from Harlingen High School South; Abigail Morales, from Hanna Early College High School; and Ryan Arnold, from Harlingen High School, get to spend a week in Washington, D.C., on a trip that seasoned tourists would envy, thanks to Magic Valley Electric Cooperative.
Through the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an annual program sponsored by electric cooperatives nationwide, the four RGV students will join about 140 fellow Texans for this trip of a lifetime from June 7th through the 16th.
The program evolved from an idea of then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, an advocate of rural electrification and youth supporter, who inspired cooperatives to send area students to the U.S. capital to see their American heritage and government at work. Since 1965, electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in the nationwide program, coordinated by Texas Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association. More than 3,800 Texas students have gone on the trip since its inception.
The events kick off in Austin, where students tour the Capitol, its visitor center and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Next, the students fly to Washington, D.C., and begin a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital, visiting the Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution, memorials and more. Activities include learning about rural electrification, seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center, going on a Potomac River boat cruise with dinner and dancing, and meeting elected officials.