Two Area Students to Represent Bluebonnet in Austin and Washington, D.C.


Daylon Drews, left, and Caleb Smith, right, will represent Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in June in Austin and Washington, D.C. during the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Logan Perry, center, was chosen as an alternate in the event either Drews or Smith were unable to participate in the youth tour.

Two area high school students will represent Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative during the 2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour next month in Austin and Washington, D.C. Daylon Drews, a senior at Round Top-Carmine High School, and Caleb Smith, a junior at Brenham Christian Academy, will join more than 1,700 other students representing electric cooperatives from around the country, attending events hosted by the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, meeting members of Congress and visiting the U.S. Capitol and other historical sites in our nation’s capital. 
Logan Perry, a sophomore at Giddings High School, was chosen as an alternate should either Drews or Smith be unable to participate in the youth tour. The three students were selected from 10 finalists and were chosen based on oral presentations, personal interviews and essays about electric cooperatives, politics and community issues. In addition to the youth tour, Drews and Smith will each receive a $500 scholarship for use at the college or school of their choice after they graduate from high school. 
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these deserving students from our area,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “We are proud to participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour and are certain Daylon and Caleb will represent us well, learn much about our nation’s and government’s rich history and have a great time.” 
To be eligible for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, students must be in grades 10, 11 or 12 and live in the home of a parent or legal guardian who is a Bluebonnet member with an active account. Drews and Smith will join more than 51,000 students who have participated in the youth tour since 1964, some of whom went on to become chief executive officers and U.S. senators.

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