Jacob Murphy, of Seligman, had the opportunity to attend Missouri's 49th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour, which was held in Washington, D.C., June 15 through June 21. Murphy was sponsored by Barry Electric Cooperative. A total of 89 high school juniors participated in the event, which offered a six-day action-filled tour of the nation's capital. Participants receive first-hand lessons in politics, community service and current issues. Highlights of this year's trip included a special session on Capitol Hill with Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill. Attendees also visited with representatives from their congressional districts and toured famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution's museums and Arlington National Cemetery. The group also took a sightseeing and dance cruise on the Potomac River with delegates from other states. Other events included: participation in the Electric Youth Day, which was coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and brought together over 1,500 Youth Tour delegates from across the country; featured speeches by government leaders and motivational speakers, such as Mike Schlappi, an inspiring four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time world wheelchair basketball champion. Cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their United States congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions and sightseeing in Washington, D.C., since 1964. For more information on Youth Tour, visit www.amec.org/youth.html.