Hylie Holloway of Homer and Breanna Fields of Sibley have been selected to represent Claiborne Electric in the all expenses-paid 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour Program.
In June, Holloway and Fields will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will join more than 1,500 students from across the country for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. They will travel with about 20 teen delegates selected from other electric cooperatives in Louisiana.
The Youth Tour calls for visits to many of Washington’s most well-known sites, including the Smithsonian Museum complex, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court Building, and the Library of Congress.
While in Washington, D.C., the Louisiana teens will learn more about electric cooperatives, attend social functions, and receive leadership training.
The Washington Youth Tour was inspired in 1957 by Senator and future President Lyndon B. Johnson. During his address to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) that year, he urged attendees to send young people to the nation’s capital so they could see first-hand how the government works. The following summer, cooperatives did just that, and the Rural Electric Youth Tour was born.
In 1959, 130 youths attended the tour. NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the states in 1964. Today, more than 1,500 students attend the conference each year and more than 50,000 students have participated in the tour.
“This is an outstanding program and an excellent opportunity for the students to have a wonderful experience they’ll remember forever,” said Claiborne Electric General Manager Mark Brown.
Holloway attends Claiborne Academy and Fields attends Lakeside High School. Claiborne Electric’s Rural Electric Youth Tour contest was open to any student who lives in a home or attends a school which receives power from Claiborne Electric. To enter, students submitted a letter to an elected official about a topic important to them.