Wharton County Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce Elyssa Smith as our 2018 Government-in-Action Youth Tour delegate.
Elyssa is a senior at El Campo High School, and is the daughter of Larry and Erica Smith (District 6).
She is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, runs varsity track, and has placed 2nd place at UIL State Journalism. She is a member of Student Council and 4-H as well as a variety of high school clubs including Interact, POWERSET, FCA, Anchor Club and the National Honor Society.
After high school, Elyssa plans to study biology and eventually go on to medical school. She enjoys traveling and writing, and she hopes to study abroad while in college.
Elyssa’s essay, “An Icy Realization,” focused on society’s (and her own family’s) reliance on electricity and the commitment of Wharton County Electric Cooperative to provide reliable service even in the worst of weather conditions. She used the recent, icy weather as an example of this commitment.
Elyssa’s essay concluded with these thoughts, “It’s easy to take things for granted in life until you have to do without them. I quickly came to this realization during this brutal Texas winter. My local co-op not only provides electricity but goes to extreme means to make sure it’s always accessible for its [members].”
Her essay also gave her reasoning for applying to be a Youth Tour delegate, “I remember being a freshman in my journalism class when a senior in the class won this trip to Washington D.C. She was so excited talking about all the places she was going to go and how she was going to meet all these new people. I have been looking forward to applying for this amazing opportunity for four years now.”
“We are proud to have Elyssa as our delegate this year,” states WCEC’s Executive Secretary Brenda Rodriguez. “Her application and essay showed her leadership ability and a passion for travel and writing. We can’t wait to see what stories and experiences she brings back from her trip this summer!”
CEO/GM Gary Raybon agrees, “Elyssa’s enthusiasm for meeting new people and travel make her a great delegate for the co-op.”
Raybon will be a chaparone on this year’s Youth Tour which will take place in June.
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