Youth Tour Students Return from Washington

Youth Tour Students Return from Washington

BECi sponsored four local students as part of the 54th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Representing BECi were Caleb Gore
and Lucy Stark of South Beauregard High School, Jacey Merchant of Pitkin High School and Shekinah Jordan of Westlake High School.

Since BECi began participating in the annual Youth Tour program, dozens of local students have benefited from what has often been described as a “life-changing” experience. For their trip to Washington, the local students joined a group of 23 other students and chaperones from electric cooperatives
across the state and the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives in Baton Rouge. While they were in Washington, the students convened with more than 2,000 others from 46 states for the annual program.

“The purpose of this worthwhile program is to give local students a chance to develop leadership skills, learn how electric cooperatives work, see our government in action and tour Washington, D.C.,” said BECi General Manager Kevin Turner. “We’re happy that these local students had a great time in Washington and that the cooperative could make this once-in-a lifetime event possible for them. I know they learned a lot and represented Louisiana well.”

BECi’s Youth Tour Coordinator Danielle Tilley said the cooperative is proud to continue supporting the worthwhile program that builds leadership skills and
enriches the lives of each participant. “Working with these young people is a real joy, to see them experiencing an important part of our national history and
heritage for the first time and to know that something we are doing is making a difference in their lives,” she said.

During the week-long trip, students learned about electric co-ops, visited Capitol Hill to meet Louisiana Senators and Representatives and had the unique
chance to voice their concerns and pose questions directly to lawmakers.

Students also attended the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity and visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War
Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum complex and the Newseum.

In addition to taking in the many sights and sounds of the nation’s capital, all the various groups from participating states convened for National Youth Day
on June 11 to hear from various public figures and other inspirational speakers.

During their trip, the Louisiana students also visited the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and
the Martin Luther King Memorial.

To view a video of the trip, visit

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