Cooperative Review - August 2018
Vol68-8 August 2018

Local students attend the 2018 Youth Tour

In early June, four local high school students from SMECO’s service territory joined other cooperatives from around the nation at the 2018 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

SMECO chaperones Natalie Cotton and Charlie Herbert took Ashley Ehrmantraut from The Calverton School, Emma Jones from Gwynn Park High School, Jackson Lynch from The Kings Christian Academy, and Phillip Reed from North Point High School to the Youth Tour.

The goal of the Youth Tour is to help students learn more about the United States government in action. During their week-long study-tour of the nation’s capital, students met members of congress, attended workshops on the roles that cooperatives play in communities, and visited an electric cooperative opportunity fair.

In 1964, approximately 400 young people from 12 states attended. Since that time, the Youth Tour has continued to grow, and in 2018, there were over 2,100 young people and chaperones representing 44 states. More than 50,000 students have participated in the Youth Tour over its history.

Emma, Phillip, Jackson, and Ashley visit Arlington National Cemetery at the 2018 Youth Tour.