South Kentucky RECC Takes Nine Area Students on Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour

South Kentucky RECC recently took nine area students to Washington, D. C. for the 46th annual Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour on June 9-16.

The Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D. C., which is open to select high school juniors going into their senior year whose homes are served by electric cooperatives.

Most of Kentucky's electric cooperatives, including South Kentucky RECC, participate in this tour each year. Nationwide, electric co-ops from 41 states send students, with nearly 1,500 young men and women from across the nation gathering in Washington, D. C. each year.

South Kentucky RECC's mission statement says that the co-op will work to "improve the quality of life in its communities." An important way that the co-op feels it can improve the quality of life is through its youth, and one way is by participating in the Washington Youth Tour each year.

Dennis Holt, SKRECC Interim CEO and Vice-President of Engineering and Operations, says programs like the Washington Youth Tour are important for our youth.

"South Kentucky RECC feels that the Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour is a wonderful opportunity to send our youth to our nation's capital allowing them to get exposure to our government and how government works. They also learn about co-ops and the seven Cooperative Principles. Many of these young people are going to be our future co-op members, and it is our goal that, through this experience, they will not only become better citizens but also learn and understand what electric co-ops are all about."

Since 1972, Kentucky's electric cooperatives have sent high school students to Washington, DC, for visits with their U.S. senators and representatives, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing.

The students that attended the tour to Washington, D.C., were:
Noah Stockton, Clinton County High School
Katie Morgan, McCreary Central High School
Clayton Dalton, Pulaski County High School
Andrew Shannon, Pulaski County High School
Braxton Witt, Pulaski County High School
Brooke Begley, Russell County High School
Rachel Robinson, Russell County High School
Hannah Mills, Southwestern High School
Walker Hancock, Wayne County High School

The group, while in Washington, D. C., visited many of our nation's memorials, the U. S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, and met with Kentucky's congressional representatives and senators.

If your student is going to be a high school junior this year, they can apply for the 2018 Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour beginning in January. Applications are available at the guidance offices of high schools within the South Kentucky RECC service territory.

Washington Youth Tour photo
Students attending the Washington Youth Tour from the South Kentucky RECC service territory included, from left to right, front row: Rachel Robinson, Hannah Mills, Katie Morgan, and Brooke Begley; back row, left to right: Walker Hancock, Braxton Witt, Clayton Dalton, Andrew Shannon, and Noah Stockton.