2013-07-04 / Sports

Valley REC Sponsors 14 Area Students On Youth Tour

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative sponsored 14 high school students on the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 16- 21. The teens, from eight different schools in four counties, spent their time in the capital meeting legislators and learning about the cooperative business model.

They joined nearly 1,500 other juniors and seniors from electric cooperatives all over the country – 93 from co-ops in Pennsylvania – who participated in the event.

The all-expenses-paid trip was packed with activities, including meetings with lawmakers and rural electric leaders, visits to monuments tand tours of the Smithsonian museums, Holocaust Museum, National Zoo and Arlington Cemetery. The agenda also included a cruise on the Potomac River, a parade and a theater production.

Th tour participants are dependents of co-op members. During the trip, they learn about the principles that govern rural electric and other cooperatives. The students were selected for the trip on the basis of academic achievement, leadership in extracurricular activities and community service.

Southern Fulton Junior/ Senior High School had one student going on the youth tour. Noah Hykes of Needmore, the son of Mac and Jennifer Miller, is president of his class and has participated in five school musicals. An Honor Society student, he is a member of the track team and likes to hunt. He is interested in electrical engineering.

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

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