Eastern Shore Students Join National Electric Co-op Youth Tour

Eastern Shore Students Join National Electric Co-op Youth Tour

Five local high school students represented A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) for the National Electric Co-op Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

These high school students from the cooperative’s service territory were selected through an annual essay contest held earlier in the year. They were able to enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip from June 10-14 as part of the 54th Annual Youth Tour.

This year’s students included Chincoteague High School’s Nykera Wallop, Broadwater Academy’s Greta Bunce, Northampton High School’s Wendy Lin, Nandua High School’s Arianna Fletcher and Tangier Combined School’s Schyler Parks.

Their trip was sponsored by A&N Electric Cooperative.

“Youth Tour is always such a valuable experience for our local students,” said ANEC Youth Tour Coordinator Patsy Goard. “A&N Electric Cooperative is proud to offer this educational opportunity each year. Our hope is that all of our area high schools and our homeschool students continue to take advantage of this chance to gain a better understanding of our nation’s history and government firsthand.”

The students toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor. They also visited historical and cultural sites around the nation’s capital, including the Newseum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Other activities included an evening cruise on the Potomac River, a Baltimore Orioles game, a visit to the National Aquarium and a live theatrical performance of “The Scottsboro Boys.”

“I loved this trip,” said Fletcher. “It was phenomenal. I liked how we were able to socialize with people from all over the country. And our tour of the Pentagon and the Capitol Building were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”

As part of NRECA-sponsored National Youth Day on June 11, student representatives from across the country convened to learn from inspirational speakers, which included Bobby Von Bokern, a lineman from Owen Electric in Kentucky, who spoke about helping to restore power in Haiti. This year’s keynote speaker was Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time world champion in wheelchair basketball.

Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have been sponsoring trips to visit Washington, D.C., for high school seniors and juniors where they are able to meet with their U.S. congressional representatives and learn from energy and government education sessions.

“This is a wonderful experience and I strongly encourage local students to apply for next year’s trip,” Fletcher said.

For more information about the Youth Tour Program, visit www.youthtour.coop. To learn how you can participate in A&N’s Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour opportunity, speak with your high school’s guidance office or contact Goard at 757-787-9750, ext. 322. The essay contest to determine ANEC’s 2019 Youth Tour participants will begin in October 2018. Essays can be submitted at your school’s guidance office or uploaded directly to the cooperative’s website at www.anec.com/content/youth-tour-application