Casey Akins and DeOnna Wilson of Viola High School and Lance Powell and Heather Godair of Salem High School have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 7-15. The trip is sponsored in part by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and is part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour.
This is the 17th year the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the trip. All four students will report to Arkansas Electric Cooperative headquarters in Little Rock on June 7 where they will meet with the other 35 to 40 students from Arkansas for orientation and a fish fry. The Arkansas group, which will include six chaperons, will travel to Washington, D.C., by bus on June 8 and will return to Little Rock by air on June 15.
In Washington, the Arkansas juniors will be a part of a group of 1,400 youth from across the nation who are attending the Youth Tour. Activities will include visits to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson; Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington; numerous national monuments, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Capital, Ford's Theater, the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery. The tour also includes special programs developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national organization of electric cooperatives that coordinates the Youth Tour.
The tour began as a suggestion in 1947 from then Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas. He urged the electric cooperatives to take their young leaders to Washington, D.C., for a close-up look at the nation's capital and its leaders. Arkansas' electric cooperatives began sponsoring the tour in 1990.
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is one of 17 electric distribution cooperatives in Arkansas that provides electricity to over 34,000 cooperative members in seven surrounding counties.