Youth Tour Delegates Tour Washington DC
Two students from Lane-Scott Electric’s service territory attended the 59th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour with more than 1,800 peers from across the nation. Youth Tour was held June 13-20.
Each participant was chosen by essay’s they wrote on how the services from Lane-Scott Electric made their lives better. Selected as this year’s representatives are Kiley Whipple / Kalvesta and Caitlin Smee / Ness City.
These students joined teens from across Kansas and Hawaii to spend a week touring Washington, D.C. There, these student leaders learned more about our history and government, the co-op business model, and how to become community leaders.
Kiley stated, “This trip has inspired me to go home and become a bigger part of my electric co-op. It has also given me more confidence and respect for my country. Being able to find friends and people who share leadership qualities, and have similar passions to me, was very inspiring.”
While in D.C., the students toured the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian museums, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral and many memorials and historical sites. They participated in a simulation at the new National Law Enforcement Museum. The students also attended a professional baseball game, a theater performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and saw the pandas at the National Zoo.
Caitlin said, “What impacted me the most were some of the museums we visited like the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Iwo Jima, and the Newseum’s 9/11 exhibit. In school, we have talked about these events, but actually going to the museum and learning about it more than just what’s written in a book was a nice change.”
As part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s National Youth Day on June 17, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time world wheelchair basketball champion, who shared his inspiring message, “Just because you can’t stand up doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”
Kansas Electric Cooperatives, headquartered in Topeka, coordinates the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. KEC is the Kansas statewide service organization for 28 electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives. KEC functions for the mutual benefit of its members to promote rural electrification and foster the principles on which electric cooperatives were founded.
Lane-Scott Electric is proud to sponsor students on this trip. To learn how you can participate in Lane-Scott’s Youth Tour program, contact Ann Marie Jennings at 620-397-5327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Youth Tour, visit http://www.youthtour.coop.