2009-06-25 / Church News

Valley REC Sponsors Eight Students On Youth Tour

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is sponsoring eight high school students on the 2009 Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The teens, from six different schools in three counties, departed June 14 and return June 19.

They join nearly 1,500 other juniors and seniors from electric cooperatives all over the country - 82 from co-ops in Pennsylvania - who are participating in the event.

The all-expenses-paid trip is packed with activities, including meetings with federal legislators and rural electric leaders, visits to historic monuments throughout Washington, and tours of the Smithsonian museums, Holocaust Museum, National Zoo and Arlington Cemetery. The agenda also includes a cruise on the Potomac River, a parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial and a theater production at the Kennedy Center.

In addition to sightseeing, youth tour participants are learning about the cooperative way of doing business and the principles that govern rural electric co-ops.

Recommended by guidance counselors at their respective schools, the students were selected for the trip on the basis of academic achievement, leadership in extracurricular activities and community service.

One Valley-REC-sponsored student is from Mount Union Area High School. Tyler Atherton is the son of Adam and Bessie Atherton of Shirleysburg, Huntingdon County.

A gifted and directed studies student, Tyler has participated in Key Club, International Club and Art Club. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and has served as a teacher's assistant for second grade and life skills students. In addition to working at Subway in Orbisonia, he volunteers for many organizations, including the American Cancer Society and Salvation Army. Plus, he helped to organize the high school's Adopt-a-Family Christmas program.

Lindsay Berkstresser is the one student selected for youth tour from Forbes Road High School. Lindsay is the daughter of Betsy Northcraft of Three Springs, Fulton County.

An International and National Honor Society student, Lindsay has already completed more than 60 credit hours of coursework through Allegany College of Maryland's Early College Program. She is a member of FBLA, plays in concert and marching bands, and participates in cheerleading, field hockey and tennis. Her literary work has been published in Expressions magazine. Plus she volunteers at local senior citizen centers and at the Brandenburg Center for disabled adults.

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility that serves more than 21,000 consumers in Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

For more information on the Rural Electric Youth Tour, contact the Member Services department at Valley REC at 814- 643-2650, toll-free 800-432-0680 or memberservices@valleyrec.com.

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