Victoria Electric Cooperative sponsors local teens for trip to nation's capital

Kaitlyn Dippel and Randall Nelson, of Victoria, were selected to participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Victoria Electric Cooperative. They will spend a week in Washington, D.C., with a number of their peers from all over Texas.

Students will meet their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, see historic sites and meet nearly 1,500 students from across the country who participated in their state's Youth Tour program.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been a joint effort of local electric co-ops, such as Victoria Electric Cooperative, their statewide Texas Electric Cooperative (TEC) association, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Va., for more than 45 years.

In addition to taking in the sights of the nation's capital, all the state groups will convene for National Youth Day, sponsored by NRECA, to learn from public figures and other inspirational speakers. Students will also visit the Supreme Court and Library of Congress; Washington National Cathedral; Arlington National Cemetery; George Washington's home at Mount Vernon; Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum; Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials; Vietnam, World War II and Korean memorials; Washington Monument, performance of the "Lion King" at Kennedy Center, Potomac River Dinner Boat Cruise and much more.

For more information about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Program, visit