Each year in June, an action-filled week provides high school juniors with opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues in the energy industry. Four lucky students will meet their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, see historic sites, and they will meet nearly 1,500 students from across the country that participate in their state’s Youth Tour program.
Tri-County Electric provides an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C., June 13-19, 2012 for four high school juniors that attend school in the Tri-County Electric Service area. The only requirements are that you be currently enrolled as a high school junior and that the student write a short story entitled Electric Cooperatives: iPower the Future; of the short stories written, the top four are awarded the trip. This year’s winners are Paige Birdwell, Clay County High School; Bethany Geralds, Monroe County High School; Kelsie Key, Cumberland County High School; and Kayla Fleming, Red Boiling Springs High School. All first place winners receive $100 and second place winners receive $50.
Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 40,000 high school juniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington. 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. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been a joint effort of Tri-County Electric, our statewide co-op associations, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for more than 45 years.