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2024 Youth Tour Delegates Named

Wharton County Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that our 2024 Government-in-Action Youth Tour Delegates are Meredith Gold and Emma Cobb.

The Government-in-Action Youth Tour is a youth leadership program sponsored by Wharton County Electric Cooperative and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The trip allows young adults the opportunity to tour national historic sites, experience cultural diversity, visit U.S. congressional offices, and learn about electric cooperatives and the energy industry.

WCEC holds an essay (or video) contest to determine two delegates to represent our area for the Youth Tour each year. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 19 and have completed their sophomore year of high school prior to the trip. The parent or legal guardian of the student must be an active residential member of Wharton County Electric Cooperative.

“The Government-in-Action Youth Tour is often called a ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ and our delegates always come home agreeing with this statement,” WCEC’s CEO/GM Gary Raybon says. “WCEC is committed to the future of our communities. Youth Tour gives our youth an opportunity to travel, explore history, and grow their skills in networking and leadership. We are proud to have Meredith and Emma represent us this year.”

Meredith is a junior at El Campo High School and is the daughter of Thomas and Annie Gold of District 1 in Nada. Emma is a sophomore at Enlightium Academy and is the daughter of Travis and Melody Cobb of District 7 in El Campo. Meredith is active in Student Council, Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Anchor Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She raises several fair animals and competes in numerous FFA and 4-H Club activities. She currently serves as President of the Taiton-Jones Creek 4-H Club and is a member of the Wharton County Youth Fair Junior Fair Board and Wharton County 4-H County Council. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, reading, and going to the beach. Meredith plans on attending Texas A&M University to pursue a career in nursing.

Emma is also very active in 4-H serving as her Club President and on the WCYF Junior Fair Board and 4-H County Council. She raises swine and rabbits for fair competition and competes in livestock judging as well as numerous 4-H Club activities. Emma serves on Student Council acting as secretary and is an organizer for student events, retreats, and town hall meetings. She is a competitive dancer, plays violin, and enjoys beekeeping, baking, and soap making. Emma is also a co-founder of and Youth Ambassador for El Campo’s Adopt-A-Grandparent, a local non-profit serving the elderly. Emma plans to pursue a career as an OB/GYN.

Meredith and Emma will join over 1,500 youth delegates from electric cooperatives across the nation for the trip in June.

For more information about Youth Tour, please contact Brenda Moreno at (979) 543-6271 or visit