In the coming weeks, one lucky high school student will receive a letter from Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative announcing that they have been chosen to be the PSREC representative for the Washington Youth Tour.
Every year the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association hosts an event in Washington D.C. for participating cooperatives from all 50 states.
PSREC sends one representative with the other students from California and Arizona.
Any high school sophomore, junior or senior whose primary residence is supplied with either electric or Internet power by Plumas Sierra can apply.
The trip is all expenses paid, and the representative will spend a week in Washington D.C. in June.
Jim Donahue of the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative in Arizona coordinates the tour for the California and Arizona representatives.
The trip has for years provided a once in a lifetime experience to students in rural America. When asked how the experience will help her in the future, a previous Washington Youth Tour representative says, “It helped me realize that stepping out to be a leader is a difficult task but one that is vital to our country.”
While on the tour, students will have the opportunity to see Arlington National Cemetery, the many Smithsonian Museums, the monument and memorials, Mt. Vernon, go on a tour of the United States Capitol and meet a U.S. Congressman.
The application deadline is in November of every year and applicants are required to submit an essay as well as some information about themselves. PSREC encourages students to look into the program and consider applying for the next Washington Youth Tour.