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Area High School Students Attend National Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
in Washington, D.C.


Four students from Southside Virginia enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C. from June 16-20 during the 49th Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

Ali Arnold of Crossroads Christian High School, Chelsey Hutcherson of Gretna High School, Sierra Mitchell of Greensville County High School, and Emma Worsley of Halifax County High School were among 1,600 students from across the nation participating in this event. Their trip was sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC).

The students toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Reps. Robert Hurt and Randy Forbes. They also visited a variety of historical and cultural sites in the nation’s capital, including war memorials and the Newseum. Among fun activities the students enjoyed were a twilight cruise on the Potomac River and a performance of “Sheer Madness” at the Kennedy Center.

As part of NRECA-sponsored National Youth Day on June 17, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time World Champion Wheelchair Basketball Champion. Schlappi shared his inspiring message for both young and old: “Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”

“Educating our youth on the legislative process is critically important for the future of our nation,” says John Lee, president & CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, “and we are very pleased that Ali, Chelsey, Emma and Sierra were able to attend on behalf of MEC. They are all four bright and outgoing young people who care about their country, capably represented our membership at the event and will clearly be among tomorrow’s leaders. The Youth Tour is a long-time tradition of the cooperatives in our state, and many of the youth who have attended have gone on to serve our nation in some manner. We are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to the youth of those we serve.”

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors to visit their U.S. congressional delegations, learn from energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightsee in Washington, D.C. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.

“The Youth Tour was amazing,” the students agreed. Worsley added, “It was really cool to meet our elected officials and learn about politics up- close. Plus, we made new friends from nearly every state and experienced history first-hand. It really made me think about what it means to be an American, and shows that people my age do care about this country.”

Worsley is the daughter of Nancy and Joel Worsley of Virgilina, and Mitchell is the daughter of Joy and  Alvin Mitchell.  Hutcherson is the daughter of Angela Hutcherson of Hurt and Blake Hutcherson of Gretna; and Arnold is the daughter of Sheila and Danny Arnold of Boydton.



For more information about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Program, visit www.youthtour.coop.


From left: Chelsey Hutcherson of Gretna,
Ali Arnold of Boydton, Emma Worsley of Virgilina,
Sierra Mitchell of Emporia, and represented
by MEC at
NRECA’s Electric Cooperative
Youth Tour and indicated the
event was educational,
challenging and fun. 

Comments from the Students

“This trip challenged me to work harder and go the extra mile,
which will definitely help me in college and in the workplace.
Thank you SO MUCH for giving me this experience--it truly
was a blessing.” --
Ali Arnold


“In the future I plan on going to Liberty University and becoming
a nurse. This experience has improved my people skills, and that
is the number one thing in my future job. My best advice for future
participants would be ‘hang on and enjoy the ride!’ There’s so
much to do in such little time! The days are filled with wonderful
trips! I wish I could do it all over again.” --
Chelsey Hutcherson


“The trip showed me that leadership is very important,
and that I should not be afraid to take leadership
roles. --
Sierra Mitchell


“This trip taught me to never give up in order
to reach your goals, even if things get
rough.” --
Emma Worsley





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