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Local students attend Washington Youth Tour

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By The Staff

Mallory Bishop of Williamstown and Timothy Moffett of Crittenden were among the 80 high school students from across Kentucky who participated in the 38th annual Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour held June 12 through June 19 in Washington, DC.

Selected on the basis of an application centered on academic achievement and community service, Bishop and Moffett were sponsored by Owen Electric Cooperative.

Each year in June, the week provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service, and today’s pressing issues. The theme of the 2009 Washington Youth Tour was “Commitment to Community.” Highlights included meeting with their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to discuss the process of government and issues of the day and increasing their knowledge of cooperative electric utilities and American history.

The Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is conducted by the Louisville-based Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC) on behalf of 22 participating Kentucky electric distribution cooperatives. The activity is part of a larger, nationwide youth program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Arlington, Virginia, that brings almost 1,500 high students to the nation’s capitol each year.