Flores to Represent WCEC in Washington
Diego Flores, age 18, a senior at Quitman High School and the son of Miguel and Eva Flores of Quitman, TX, has won first place in Wood County Electric Cooperative's (WCEC) Youth Tour Essay Contest. As the winner, Flores will represent WCEC at the Government in Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
Flores is active at Quitman ISD where he is a member of the District Championship tennis team. He participated in One Act Play, Track, Cross Country, and the QISD Marching Band playing tuba. Flores is a Student Council class officer and was president of his Junior class where he also served on the prom planning committee. He also is a member of the Interact Club and is vice president of the Spanish Club. Flores was named a Quitman Rotary Student of the Month. He was selected to attend the East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar, where he was awarded a scholarship. He was also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as an officer. He is the youth group leader at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Flores is an active member of the Anchor Club, a youth service organization where he has acted as both vice president and president.
Flores has been offered several college tennis scholarships. He is in the process of deciding where he will attend to best pursue his goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
While on Youth Tour, Flores will travel to Washington, D.C. with approximately 150 teens from other Texas Electric Cooperatives, and hundreds more from across the nation. He will have the opportunity to meet congressional representatives and visit historic memorials and cultural centers.
The idea to send students to Washington DC originated with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who advocated for both rural electrification and youth development. In 1957, when he was still a U.S. Senator, he suggested sending youth to Washington where they could learn "what the flag stands for and represents." This evolved into a nationwide electric cooperative effort.
The trip will begin in Austin where the participants will tour for a day and then fly to D.C. In Washington they will visit the Capitol, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and various other famous memorials, as well as the Washington Monument.