Washington Youth Tour 2016
Posted on June 28, 2016
A lifetime of memories and friendships are made in a week in the nation’s capital.
Rebecca Boutwell of Jay High School and Zipporah Harris of Northview High School joined 1,600 youth leaders representing co-ops from 43 states for a weeklong tour of the nation’s capital as Washington Youth Tour delegates.
Rebecca and Zipporah won Escambia River Electric Cooperative’s contest held annually for juniors in EREC’s service area.
Highlights included the World War II, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and FDR memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; relaxing on the Potomac River during an evening boat cruise; and visiting many other places of interest in Washington, D.C.
Youth Tour delegates also met with Congressman Jeff Miller and visited the U.S. Capitol, where they learned more about how government works. During the Rural Electric Youth Day program, they gained a better understanding of rural electric cooperatives’ history and their importance in the communities they serve.
The Youth Tour was an experience of a lifetime, and a trip Rebecca and Zipporah say they will never forget.