2015 Youth Tour a Success

2015 Youth Tour a Success

Local Students Join National Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Four local students enjoyed an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. June 14-18 as part of the 51st Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour. Austin Britt, Michelle Buckles and Kelsey Dunn, all rising high school seniors at Prince George High School, along with Chris Fly, a rising senior at Southampton Academy, joined 1,700 other students from across the nation who participated in this event.

Their trip was sponsored by Prince George Electric Cooperative. The students toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, as well as staff of U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott. They also visited a variety of historical and cultural sites in the nation’s capital, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Newseum. Among fun activities the students enjoyed were a twilight cruise on the Potomac and a performance of “Shear Madness” at the Kennedy Center.

As part of NRECA-sponsored National Youth Day on June 15, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time world champion in wheelchair basketball. Schlappi shared his inspiring message, “Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 60,000 high school juniors and seniors to visit their U.S. congressional delegations, learn from energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightsee in Washington, D.C. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.

“Youth Tour was amazing,” the students agreed. Britt added, “It was really cool to meet our elected officials and learn about politics up-close. Plus, we made new friends from nearly every state and experienced history first-hand. It really made us think about what it means to be an American, and shows that people our age do care about this country.”

For more information about the Youth Tour Program, visit http://www.youthtour.coop.

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