Youth Tour Delegates Visit DC
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Youth Tour Delegates Visit DC

One hundred and two high school students participated in the 61st annual Missouri Electric Cooperative Youth Trip to Washington, D.C., June 14-20.

Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative were: Delaney Hilgenbrink and Sophia Nowack, both of Liberty High School; Rylee Heitgerd and Alice Briggs, both of Warrenton High School; McKenna Claborn of Silex High School; and Nina Momphard of Troy Buchanan High School.

The seven-day trip provided the high school students with a week of excitement, giving them the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to get involved in politics, hold leadership positions, volunteer, and address current, pressing issues.

“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students, and we are proud to send our best and brightest to our nation’s capital to participate,” said Chris Massman, vice president of member services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. “Each of these delegates will meet someone or see something that will inspire them and, in some cases, create a path to a future career.”

Highlights of the trip included visits by the Missouri delegates to their congressional district representatives, tours of historic sites, the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, and the International Spy Museum. The group also took a cruise and dance on the Potomac River one evening with delegations from five other states.

Other events of the week included participation in Electric Youth Day, where a special program coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association brought together more than 1,000 Youth Tour delegates from across the United States. Delegates heard keynote addresses from government leaders and motivational speakers such as Mike Schlappi, an inspiring four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time wheelchair basketball world champion.

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Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is Missouri’s largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative, serving more than 70,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles, Warren and Montgomery counties