Wauchula, Fla. — Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) has selected two local 11th grade students to attend the national “Youth Tour to Washington DC” event in June. Richecar Polinice, Southeast High School, Bradenton, and Meagan Yopp, Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School, Fort Meade, will join a group of 30 students from other Florida electric cooperatives in this annual event.
The weeklong Youth Tour takes place each summer, drawing more than 1,500 students from electric co-ops in 46 states. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), headquartered in Arlington, Va., has coordinated this event for over 50 years.
PRECO promotes the program to 16 high schools throughout its 10-county service territory. To be considered, students are required to submit an application and a two-page essay. “Youth Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime event for high school juniors,” explains Mark Sellers, Communications Coordinator. “Each year, PRECO enables two students to attend all-expenses-paid.”
Polinice and Yopp will meet Florida legislators on Capitol Hill and visit many area points of interest, such as the White House, National Cathedral, Washington Memorial, Holocaust Museum, numerous war memorials and more. “Youth Tour also teaches students about the history and development of rural electrification and the value of electric cooperatives in the economic development of rural areas,” adds Sellers.
To learn more about Youth Tour online, visit PRECO.coop and YouthTour.coop. Peace River Electric Cooperative serves Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota counties.
Richecar Polinice, Southeast High School, Bradenton, Manatee County
Meagan Yopp, Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School, Fort Meade, Polk County
Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to nearly 35,000 member/consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties. Through almost 4,000 miles of power lines, the electric cooperative has been in business since 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.