Eighty-three of Kentucky’s best and brightest rising high school seniors descended upon the nation’s capital in June, representing electric cooperatives on the annual Washington Youth Tour.
Jackson Energy Cooperative sponsored four delegates on the week-long experience: David W. House, North Laurel High School; MacKenzie Morris, North Laurel High School; Jakob Smith, South Laurel High School, and Allison Wade, Jackson County High School. Wade was also selected to represent Kentucky on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Leadership Council.
En route on two motor coaches, the journey began with visits to the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, followed by more than 40 miles of walking to monuments and museums in Washington, D.C..
“The Washington Youth Tour is a trip of a lifetime in which people look forward to seeing the sights of our capital, but leave with new memories and friendship that lasts well beyond the week in Washington,” said Jakob Smith. “Thank you, Jackson Energy, for sponsoring a trip I'll never forget.”
Kentucky’s delegation joined a record crowd of 1,800 students at the NRECA Youth Day, where they heard from speakers who motivate and honor the spirit of electric cooperatives’ commitment to community and the important role of being politically aware and politically active.
“The Washington Youth Tour was an unforgettable experience that has fostered new friendships and allowed me to see the heart of the country I so dearly love,” said MacKenzie Morris.”
The students visited Capitol Hill on the same day as the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and four others at a baseball practice. Despite the incident, Kentucky’s congressional delegation kept their commitment to meet with the students, candidly talking about security concerns and answering a wide variety of questions from the students.
“The Washington Youth Tour is undoubtedly the most revealing expedition of our nation’s capital,” said David W. House. “This monumental trip was nothing short of breathtaking and I owe my astounding experience to the generous electric cooperatives of Kentucky.”
Coordinated by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, the tour was led by KAEC’s Mary Beth Dennis and 13 chaperones, including Jackson Energy’s Renita Fox and Susan Woods.