Emily is the daughter of Roger and Valeria Brannon of New London, and is a sophomore at Mapleton High School.
Faith is the daughter of Tom and Deleasa Griffiths of Ashland, and is a sophomore at Ashland High School.
Emily and Faith will join about 40 other students from rural electric cooperatives across the state of Ohio for an all-expenses-paid trip during the week of June 8-14.
Youth Tour, sponsored by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and Firelands Electric, allows children of members the opportunity to travel to the Washington, D.C., area for an in-depth look into our nation’s capital. Participants have the chance to visit sites such as the U.S. Capitol, Gettysburg, the Smithsonian Institution, the Vietnam Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Kennedy Center, the Supreme Court, and many others.
Through educational and sightseeing activities, students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. They also have the opportunity to meet and interact with their U.S. Representatives and Senators. While student groups are organized at the state level, over 1,500 students from across the country come together for Youth Day, where they get to meet and hear featured speakers who provide insight into the important roles that electric co-ops play in their communities.
As part of Youth Tour, students also have the chance to be chosen to represent their state on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One student from each state is selected to come back to Washington, D.C., in July for a leadership workshop, which focuses on the electric cooperative industry. YLC members also have the opportunity to attend NRECA’s Annual Meeting the following February.
Firelands’ Youth Tour contest is offered annually to high school sophomores and juniors who reside in a home served by the cooperative. Candidates are evaluated on school and community activities, demonstrated leadership, and a written essay. Up to two applicants are then chosen to represent the co-op on the annual tour. Visit www.FirelandsEC.com to learn more about Firelands’ youth programs.