HEADING TO D.C.: Teen leaders will represent Bluebonnet at Government-in-Action Youth Tour


Daylon Drews, left, a senior at Round Top-Carmine High School, and Caleb Smith, right, a junior at Brenham Christian Academy, were selected to represent Bluebonnet during the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Logan Perry, center, a sophomore at Giddings High School, will be the alternate.

A Future Farmers of America chapter officer who plans to become a veterinarian and an aspiring engineer with a passion for history are the recipients of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, which includes a paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Daylon Drews, a senior at Round Top-Carmine High School, and Caleb Smith, a junior at Brenham Christian Academy, will represent Bluebonnet on the annual youth tour. Logan Perry, a sophomore at Giddings High School, is the alternate and will join the tour if Drews or Smith is unable to attend.

The two participants will visit historical sites in our nation’s capital, as well as tour the Texas Capitol and the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, from June 7-16. They also each receive a $500 scholarship upon high school graduation.
The two recipients and alternate were among 10 finalists who gave oral presentations and were interviewed by community leaders at Bluebonnet’s Headquarters in February. Recipients were selected based on oral presentations, personal interviews and essays about electric cooperatives, politics and community issues.
Drews, 17, of Carmine, shows pigs and has served as an officer in her school’s FFA all four years. She will study animal science in the fall at Texas A&M University and wants to become a food animal veterinarian, a doctor who cares for animals raised for food production and human consumption.

During her oral presentation, Drews said that if she met her congressman, Rep. Michael McCaul, in Washington, she “would ask him how he has worked to strengthen national security and why it is an important matter to him.” She also said getting to meet McCaul would broaden her knowledge of government and allow her to grow as an American.

Smith, 17, of Brenham, said one of his history teachers has been his mentor since he was young and inspired his love of history and learning. Smith is also on the leadership team of the youth group at Brenham’s First Baptist Church and a member of Student Council and Interact, a Rotary Club-sponsored leadership group.

In his essays, he said he was concerned that the younger generation isn’t willing to get involved. “It is imperative that young leaders begin to step up and make an impact in their communities,” Smith said.

Perry, 15, of Paige, is a leader in 4-H and served as a delegate to the national 4-H Congress in Atlanta. He’s involved in the Leo Club, Student Council and St. Paul Lutheran Church and plays varsity tennis. He volunteers for a number of community service projects and proposed and implemented a water bottle refill station at his school that reduced the use and waste of more than 10,000 plastic water bottles as of February.

Drews and Smith will join 145 young people representing other Texas electric co-ops and more than 1,700 teens from around the country in the nation’s capital, where they will visit historical sites and the U.S. Capitol, meet members of Congress and attend events hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an organization that represents more than 900 electric cooperatives.
The youth program has more than 51,000 alumni, including CEOs and U.S. senators, since it began in 1964. For more information, click here. Look for 2018 applications in the fall.

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