Local students participate in Electric Youth Tour
Week-long event focused on politics, leadership, community service
Kallie Bowman, Washburn, and Chase Logan, Seligman, were two of 91 Missouri high school students who participated in the 51st annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 13 through 19. Local delegates were sponsored by Barry Electric Cooperative, Cassville.
The seven-day tour provided an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today's pressing issues.
"The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students and we're proud to send our best and brightest to Washington, D.C. this year to participate," said Mike Marsch, director of Member Services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
Highlights included the young people visiting with representatives from their congressional districts and touring famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution's museums and Arlington National Cemetery. The group also took a sightseeing and dance cruise on the Potomac River one evening with delegates from other states.
Other events of the week included participation in the Electric Youth Day, during which a special program coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association brought together more than 1,600 Youth Tour delegates from across the United States. The delegates enjoyed 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.
Since 1964, the nation's cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions and sightseeing in Washington. For more information about the AMEC Youth Tour program, visit www.amec.org/content/youth-programs.