Covington Electric Cooperative recently sponsored two students from each high school within its service area to attend the 2018 Montgomery Youth Tour. Students are selected each fall through an essay competition at their schools.
The CEC Youth Tour participants joined approximately 155 students from across the state on March 6-8, for a trip to Montgomery that included tours of the Alabama State Capitol, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Civil Rights Memorial, and more. The trip also included team-building activities with a renowned motivational speaker and a Q & A session with several state legislators at the Alabama State House.
The Montgomery Youth Tour participants competed on March 13, for two slots on the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The competition included a test and an interview with a panel of judges. Josh Ruth, a junior at Pleasant Home School and Kristen Brazwell, a junior at Straughn High School, were selected to attend the Washington Youth Tour in June. Bella Worley, a junior at Pleasant Home School, was selected as first alternate and Codi Clemmons, a junior at Samson High School, was selected as second alternate.
“It’s always a joy getting to know these students during Youth Tour, and it’s very uplifting to see how many become inspired about their potential and the future through this special experience,” says Patty Singleton-Seay, CEC’s youth tour coordinator. “This group was really engaged during the activities and I’m very proud of all of them,” she added.
The purpose of the Youth Tour is to inform young people about how cooperatives benefit their members, to learn about government and history, to enhance leadership skills, and to meet other young people from across the state and nation while visiting historical sites and landmarks.
The 2018 CEC Washington Youth Tour winners and alternates are pictured above from left; Bella Worley of Pleasant Home School (1st Alternate), Josh Ruth of Pleasant Home School (Washington Winner), Kristen Brazwell of Straughn High School (Washington Winner), and Codi Clemmons of Samson High School (2nd Alternate).
The 2018 CEC Montgomery Youth Tour participants pose for a picture at the state Capitol. Pictured from left, row one: Jillian Hall (Brantley), Graysie Lee (Red Level), Codi Clemmons (Samson), Bella Worley (Pleasant Home) and Kristen Brazwell (Straughn). Second row, from left: Hope Wallace (Straughn), Josh Ruth (Pleasant Home), Olivia Jones (Brantley) and Lainey Smith (Samson). Third row, from left: Allie Garner (Pleasant Home), Austin Kelley (Pleasant Home) and Ansley Russell (Red Level).