More than 135 students from across Tennessee are headed to Washington, D.C., as a part of the 2018 Washington Youth Tour later. The annual event, which begins on Friday, June 8, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and develop their leadership skills.
Participating in this year’s trip are Bailey Hopkins from Hancock County High School; Taylor Kinsler and Katie Nichols from Clinch High School and Brittany Cruz from Claiborne High School. These students are being sponsored by Powell Valley Electric Cooperative.
The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and local electric cooperatives from across the state. Students were selected for the trip by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Going Beyond the Wires” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.
President Lyndon Johnson inspired the tour in 1957 when he encouraged electric cooperatives to send youngsters to the nation’s capital. In the years since, more than 6,000 young Tennesseans have been delegates for the Washington Youth Tour. Politicians, business leaders, authors and athletes are Washington Youth Tour alumni, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.