Carthage, TN – Five students from the UCEMC service area are headed to Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. Ellie Gantenbein, Smith County High School; Megan Lee, Livingston Academy; Gabby Mancini, Jackson County High School; Marybeth Watson, Gordonsville High School and Destiny Williams, Upperman High School joined more than 130 other students from across Tennessee on the week-long trip beginning on Friday, June 10, 2016.
Upon their high school graduation, UCEMC awards each of these five students with a $1,000 educational scholarship. As their Washington adventure comes to an end the group will depart Reagan International Airport for their return flight to Nashville to meet their anxious families and say their good-byes to many recently-made, life-long friends.
The annual event, sponsored by Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and cooperatives and develop their leadership skills. Students were selected for the trip by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Powering Everyday Life” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.
“The youth tour is an incredible opportunity for these students to actually experience history up-close and personal,” says Jimmy Gregory, UCEMC General Manager. “Delegates experience a whirlwind of a week, visiting museums, monuments and other landmarks.”
President Lyndon Johnson inspired the tour in 1957 when he encouraged electric cooperatives to send youngsters to the nation’s capital. In the years since, more than 6,000 young Tennesseans have been delegates for the Washington Youth Tour.
Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is an electric power distribution cooperative. UCEMC is owned and operated by its members and distributes electric power through more than 4,500 miles of lines to more than 49,000 members located primarily in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and Smith Counties and northern DeKalb County. However, several members are served in the fringe counties of Clay, Fentress, Macon, Pickett, White and Wilson. Visit ucemc.com to learn more.
The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.