Nearly 140 high school seniors from across the Volunteer State recently returned from a weeklong "experience of a lifetime" courtesy of their local electric cooperatives.
Locally, Grayson Burke of Mt. Juliet High School, Jody Williams of Watertown High School and Grace Mathews of Lebanon High School were sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) to participate in the 2016 Washington Youth Tour.
The popular event included sightseeing, visits with elected officials and lots of fun meeting peers from across Tennessee and the nation. Delegates earned their spots on the Youth Tour for writing winning short stories titled, "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Everyday Life." In their winning entries, the young writers described how member-owned, non-profit electric co-ops strengthen their local communities and improve lives across their service areas while providing safe, reliable, affordable energy.
"We take great pride in rewarding the best and brightest from our service area," said Cathy Mitchell, MTEMC community relations coordinator, as a chaperone on this year's trip. "By recognizing their accomplishments through programs like the Washington Youth Tour, we show these leaders of tomorrow that their hometown electric co-op is more than a utility provider; MTEMC is an active member of the community and fully invested in its prosperity."
The group was welcomed to the U.S. Capitol by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker as well as Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Diane Black and Scott DesJarlais, who spent time with their young constituents from MTEMC, posing for photos and answering their questions.