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When you hear about Nolin RECC investing in the communities we serve, it’s not just in electrical infrastructure, economic development or the local events we support. Our commitment to community is all about our members. And we are proud to tell you about the young people we sponsored on the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

In June, five local high school seniors joined 84 other Kentucky electric co-op students for the weeklong program where they learned about the political process, interacted with elected officials and gained an up-close understanding of American history.

“Thanks, Nolin RECC, for the great opportunity to participate in the Washington Youth Tour. This trip helped me appreciate our nation’s history more than ever,” says Tanner Hess of Central Hardin High School.

The students joined more than 1,800 of rural America’s best and brightest high-schoolers representing electric cooperatives across America. Now in its 54th year, the youth tour educates the delegates about the issues facing co-ops, encouraging them to come home to Kentucky and help lead the co-ops in the future.

“Thank you for giving me a life-changing experience and the chance to meet such amazing people. I was in complete awe seeing the monuments,” adds Anastasia Newsome of Elizabethtown High School.

The busy itinerary for the delegation included visits to national monuments, Smithsonian museums, the National Archives, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and the National Cathedral. While at Arlington National Cemetery, the Kentucky students laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

“I enjoyed going to mass at the national cathedral,” says Madelyn Ditto of Central Hardin High School.

Another highlight of the youth tour is the opportunity for Nolin RECC students to interact with Kentucky’s congressional delegation, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul and Congressmen Brett Guthrie, Andy Barr, Thomas Massie, James Comer and Hal Rogers.

“This trip was full of a lot of cool things such as visiting monuments and speaking with congressmen, but my favorite part was getting to make new friends. We made bonds that will last a lifetime,” shares Jacob Martin of Central Hardin High School.

The tour was led by Mary Beth Dennis of the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives and 11 chaperones from Kentucky co-ops.

“Our goal this week is to foster a new era of leadership and cultivate a culture of service to shape the future of these students who will go on to create change in their communities,” shares Dennis.

Kentucky Electric Cooperatives has been coordinating the tour for Kentucky co-ops since 1972, when 18 students and four chaperones made the trip.

“This trip is definitely worth looking into for any upcoming junior as it gives you the chance to have a memorable visit to our nation’s capital and get to embrace your American spirit,” adds McKayla Collins of Central Hardin High School.

“It is an investment in our co-op youth and the future of the coops themselves,” says Chris Perry, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives president and CEO. “We are so proud of these students. They impress us with their passion for their communities and our nation, and they give us hope for the future.

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