Carrasco To Represent
WCEC in Washington D.C.
Reprint from Texas Co-op Power, Wood County EC Section
Mark Carrasco, a junior at Yantis High School, won Wood County Electric Cooperative's Youth Tour Essay Contest and will represent WCEC on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington D.C., from June 14-22, 2012.
Carrasco was chosen by an independent judge based on his essay submission, which outlined the cooperative principle of Democratic Member Control and the importance of giving a voice to all members of the cooperative.
Carrasco is the son of Juan and Tammy Ayala of Yantis. He is involved in sports, including basketball, baseball, and track. He also serves as a leader of his First Baptist Church youth group and as a youth leader for National Prayer at the Pole. Carrasco has been nationally recognized by the United States Achievement Academy for his English, honor roll and leadership skills, by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling.
"I'm so proud of Mark for all of his accomplishments, the way he conducts himself and the leadership he portrays at both home and school," Tammy Ayala said. "I am so thankful to Wood County Electric Cooperative for giving Mark this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Carrasco will travel to Washington D.C. with about 1,500 other Youth Tour participants from across the country. He will have the opportunity to meet congressional representatives and visit historic memorials and cultural centers in our nation's capital.
"The Youth Tour is an exceptional opportunity for Mark, and we know he will represent our cooperative, East Texas, and Yantis with distinction," say WCEC CEO and General Manager Debbie Robinson. "As a past attendee of our East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar, Mark emerged as a standout. Because of this, we are confident he'll use this latest opportunity to further hone his leadership skills!"