Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Wauchula, Fla. — Two 11th grade graduates representing Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) trekked to Washington, DC, to participate in the 49th annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Shakera Latimore, of Bradenton, and Savannah Miller, of Wauchula, were chosen from among local students in the 10 counties served by the co-op.
Initially, in order to apply to PRECO’s Youth Tour program, students must submit an essay and application to their school. Next, each participating school selects only one student as a semifinalist for consideration. And finally, essays are judged by Ruralite Services, with the top two entries picked as PRECO’s Youth Tour winners. Ruralite, Forest Grove, Ore., is the publisher of PRECO’s monthly member magazine, Florida Currents.
From June 15-20, Latimore and Miller, in the company of 30 other students from Florida electric cooperatives, travelled the Capitol city absorbing its rich history at exciting destinations such as the Capitol Building, National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, numerous war memorials, and much more. Nearly 1,600 students from electric co-ops across the country participated in Youth Tour.
For almost five decades, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Arlington, VA, has orchestrated Youth Tour in order to educate high school students about the history and development of rural electrification, promote a better understanding of the value of electric cooperatives, and increase awareness of how our system of government works.
Since 2007, Peace River Electric has sponsored 20 local students in the Youth Tour program. It’s the cooperative’s way of supporting the community by forging future leaders. For more information on Youth Tour, visit PRECO.coop and YouthTour.coop web sites.