Southern Pine youth tour

Southern Pine representatives are, from left, Tyra Lindsey, Ella Robinson, Kylee Walton, Jackson King, Ashley Parra, and Abby Cooper.

Special to Atmore News

The Washington D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by local electric cooperatives, the Alabama Rural Electric Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is part of a grassroots program to educate high school juniors on the electric cooperative program and the cooperative ideas for which it stands.
In June, approximately 58 students from Alabama traveled to Washington D.C., joining students from across the nation. The youth tour experience is filled with fun activities, but its overall purpose is to increase students understanding of the value of rural electrification, help them become more familiar with the historical and political environment of our nation’s capital through visits to monuments, government buildings and cooperative organizations … and visit elected officials to increase the students’ knowledge of how the federal government works.
2024 Washington D.C. representatives for Southern Pine Electric Co-op are as follows:
Abby Cooper, J.U. Blacksher High School; Jackson King, W.S. Neal High School; Tyra Lindsey, Hillcrest High School; Ashley Parra, Escambia County High School; Ella Robinson, Sparta Academy; Kylee Walton, T.R. Miller High School.