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High School Seniors Join Electric Cooperative Tour

Four students from Southside Virginia embarked on an educational tour of  Washington, D.C. during the 50th Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Washington Youth Tour on June 15-19.  Representing Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative at the event were: Alana Brown, a student at Brunswick High School and the daughter of Audree and Herbert Brown of Freeman; Joseph “Dell” Conner, a student of Brunswick Academy and the son of Marie and Tony Conner of Ebony;  Grace Davis, a student at Halifax County High School and the daughter of Charlotte and Don Davis of South Boston; and Sierra McDaniel, a student at Chatham High School and the daughter of Jennifer and James McDaniel of Chatham. Their trip was sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC); and Brian Morris, member services and energy efficiency advisor, accompanied the group.


Your Cooperative’s four representatives joined 1,600 other students from across America in learning how to be involved in the legislative process and become more involved in their local communities. MEC President and CEO John Lee comments, “The Youth Tour is a long-time tradition of the cooperatives in our three-state association, and we are proud to be able to offer this excellent opportunity to the youth of those we serve. Educating our youth is critically important for the future of our nation, and we were proud to sponsor Alana, Dell, Grace and Sierra at this event. Congratulations to the four of them for being selected to attend, they will certainly be among tomorrow’s leaders.”


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. Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have sponsored more than 50,000 high school students to visit their U.S. congressional delegations, learn from energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightsee in the nation’s capital.


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





Students representing Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C.,
are (from left) Dell Conner, Grace Davis, Sierra McDaniel, and Alana Brown.


Youth Tour participants learn about President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During his administration in 1935 the REA (Rural Electrification Administration)
was created to make loans for the purpose of bringing electric power
to rural homes for the first time.


Students sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
pose at the United States Capitol.


U. S. Sen. Mark Warner meets with Virginia, Maryland and Delaware
delegates of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.



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