Today in Mississippi
Mississippi’s participants in the 31st annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour meet with Rep. Gregg Harper on the steps of the United States Capitol building.
Seventy of Mississippi’s finest high school juniors spent part of their summer vacation exploring the nation’s capital and making new friends, courtesy of their local electric cooperative. As participants in the 31st annual Mississippi Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, the students visited many of Washington’s most significant historical and cultural sites during the weeklong trip. They also took part in special events with more than 1,800 participants from 44 other states as a part of the national electric cooperative program. A highlight was a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where Rep. Gregg Harper took the Mississippi students to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Harper also personally took the students onto the inaugural balcony that overlooks the Washington Mall. Each student had the opportunity to visit the office of his or her congressman. Rep. Gregg Harper gives the Youth Tour students a tour of the United “This program educates young leaders on the qualities, val- States Capitol building, beginning in the National Statuary Hall, which ues and skills that we will most definitely need to be leaders,” is devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans throughout history. said participant Chris Brown, of Olive Branch. Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric CooperaChris was selected during the Youth Leadership Workshop tives of Mississippi. “The Youth Leadership Program continuin February to represent Mississippi on the national Youth Leadership Council. The workshop and Youth Tour are compo- ally inspires these students year after year to become leadnents of the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Leader- ers in their communities. We believe that giving these stuship Program. Participants are chosen through a competitive dents the opportunity to see the political process and the inner workings of our government first-hand is instrumental process sponsored by their electric cooperative. “The electric cooperatives have a strong belief in educating in their success. This program impresses the need to set and supporting the youth in the communities we serve,” said goals and work hard to achieve them.”
2017 Mississippi Youth Tour delegates and their sponsoring electric cooperatives are Alcorn County EPA: Carter Chandler, Katie Beth Newcomb; Central EPA: Jayasri Mitch, Alexia Smith, Gracey Wilcher; Coast Electric: Allie Estorge, Victoria Feazelle, Richard Springer, Jayde Toncrey; Dixie Electric: Jess Cooley, Kameron Cooley; East Mississippi EPA: Jamal Kelly, ZaColby Smith; 4-County EPA: Charlie Brand, Tyler Dickerson, Noah Methvin; Magnolia Electric Power: Konnor Battle, Nick Brumfield, Abby Griffin, Precious Thompson; Natchez Trace EPA: Ry Warren, Anna Claire Watkins; North East Mississippi EPA: Eli Able, Annemarie Fetter, Jacob Harrill, Mary Clark Hayward, Hogan Linzy, Aubrey Kate Merrell; Northcentral EPA: Zac Bobbitt, Charley Brinkley, Chris Brown, Matthew Carlile, Mackenzie Dodds, Aggie Doddridge, Sarah Flowers, Kelly Holt, Bailey Jones, Kailey Nixon, Rahmon Rutherford, Adam Stone, Amber Terry, Caden Walker; Pearl River Valley EPA: Kori Miles, Ally Ratliff; Singing River Electric: Austin Baldwin, Kenley Cochran, Noah Moran, Morgan Rich; Southern Pine Electric: Makenzie Downs, John Mark Huff; Southwest Electric: Morgan Baskin, Ke’Shawn Brinkley, Donavan Leonard; Tallahatchie Valley EPA: Seth Barnett, Lillian Francis, Justin Gammill, Christine Gibson, Justin Hudson, Tyler Reed, Justice Taylor; Tombigbee EPA: Jessica Barrett, Owen Bennett, Logan Bishop, John Taylor McFerrin, Brady Hood; Twin County EPA: Carsen Mansour, McKenzie McDavid; Yazoo Valley EPA: Devin Ammons, Sarah Elizabeth Hardy, Qwinnetta Stokes; Cooperative Energy sponsored a student representing Magnolia Electric Power.
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