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Four Youths Participate in Educational Tour

Each year in June rural electric cooperatives from all across
the United States support the Electric Youth Tour program where young people are given the opportunity to spend an informative week in our nation’s capital. This year the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) sponsored 40 young people, along with ten chaperones from ten of the VMDAEC electric cooperatives.  Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) is a member of the VMDAEC and sponsored four young people.    Kimberly Matherly, Heather Wilkerson, Amanda Hawthorne and Ashley Brown were among over 1,500 high school students from across the country who learned first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics and community service and about today’s pressing issues.  Matherly is a rising senior at Chatham High School and is the daughter of Gary and Lori Matherly of Chatham. Wilkerson is a rising senior at Randolph-Henry High School and is the daughter of Gary Wilkerson of Nathalie and Tina Newcomb of Drakes Branch. Hawthorne is a rising senior at Brunswick Academy and is the daughter of Dwayne and Belinda Hawthorne of Alberta.  Brown is a rising senior at Brunswick High School and is the daughter of Herbert and Audree Brown of Freeman. 


The group from Mecklenburg Electric, Southside Electric, and Prince George Electric Cooperatives took a tour of the Nation’s Capitol guided by one of Congressman Robert Hurt’s staff members.  They also had an opportunity to meet with Hurt in his office.

Kimberly Matherly comments, “This ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity was an amazing educational experience. The trip increased my knowledge of politics and helped me realize the importance of the electric cooperative in my area.”

A highlight of the tour was Youth Day during which all 1,500 students representing states from across the country including Alaska and Hawaii gathered as a group.  Motivational speakers emphasized the difference young people can make where they live by volunteering for community projects.

Other tours included Arlington National Cemetery, National Museum of American History, the Library of Congress, Madame Tassauds Wax Museum, The Kennedy Center, and Mount Vernon.



While in Washington D.C. youth tour representatives from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative had an opportunity to meet and talk with Congressman Robert Hurt in his office. Visiting with Congressman Hurt (center) are (from left) Brian Morris (MEC chaperone), Kimberly Matherly, Heather Wilkerson, Amanda Hawthorne, and Ashley Brown.


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