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Two students on the 2016 Government-in-Action Youth Tour hail from among the top-ranking public high schools in the country.
No. 62 overall on the U.S. News & World News Report national list is KIPP Austin Collegiate, from where Cedar Creek resident and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative delegate Jude Rios, 18, graduated. The school boasts 100 percent participation in advanced coursework.
The Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes ranks 75th. Magic Valley EC member Mark Torres, 17, of Edinburg, attends the academy, which focuses on preparing students for careers in math and science.
They follow in the footsteps of the future leaders who have been going to Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years as part of electric cooperatives’ Youth Tour program.