Local student wins trip to Washington, D.C.

Hollie Hons

Hollie Hons

Karnes Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce Hollie Hons as our 2018 Government in-Action Youth Tour delegate.

Hollie is a junior at Falls City High School. She is the daughter of Steven and Brenda Hons.

She is very active in her school’s FFA program, a member of the Entomology Team, is on the basketball, track and cross country teams and has been a member of the Falls City High School Marching Band for three years. She is also a very active member of her church.

The Government-in-Action Youth Tour is a 10-day all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. which began in Austin on June 6.

Youth Tour has been a Texas co-op tradition since 1965, when co-ops—inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson who encouraged youths to go to Washington to see “what the flag stands for and represents”— began sponsoring teens on this trip. Educating and mentoring young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to support the communities they serve, and nearly 4,000 Texans have gone on what many call the trip of a lifetime since the program’s inception.

Hollie began her adventure in Austin, where winners from across the state were greeted by Texas Electric Cooperatives, the association that organizes the state’s participation in Youth Tour. From there, the planned agenda included a tour of the State Capitol, the Texas State Cemetery, and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum before boarding a flight to Washington, D.C. Once there, the itinerary was jam-packed with sightseeing and meaningful events, including attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and attending appointments with elected officials, touring the White House, U.S. House and Senate Chambers, the Supreme Court and many other national sites. The group also took a river boat cruise on the Potomac River.

Karnes Electric is proud to sponsor Hollie on this very educational and funfilled trip. Her application and essay on the subject of “How is an electric cooperative different from other electric utilities?” showed her leadership ability.

After her week in Washington, Hollie brought home memories that will last a lifetime.

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