Beau McBride and Jessie Romine of Salem High School, Kristen Doty and Ryan Walker of Izard County Consolidated and Kayla Perkins of Hillcrest High School have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 9-17. The trip is sponsored in part by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and is part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour.
This is the 21st year that the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the trip. All five students will report to Arkansas Electric Cooperative headquarters in Little Rock on June 9 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 chaperones, will travel to Washington, D.C., by bus on June 10 and will return to Little Rock by air on June 17.
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.
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is one of 17 electric distribution cooperatives in Arkansas that provides electricity to over 36,000 member accounts in seven surrounding counties.