Area Youth Participate in 50th Annual REC Tour
Washington, D.C. – Eighty-seven high school juniors participated in Missouri’s 50th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 14-20. Local delegates were (from left): Bryce Cardwell, Edina; Elle Stewart, Kahoka, and Tyler Niemann, Canton. They were sponsored by Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative, Lewistown. The seven-day tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues. 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, please go to www.amec.org/content/youth-programs.