Students visit Washington, D.C.
Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:05 pm
TRENTON — Each year, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation sponsors the Washington Youth Tour short story contest and sends a group of high school juniors to Washington, D.C.
The delegates get the chance to see how our political system works, visit historic monuments and museums and meet with their congressional representatives. Along the way, they learn about the rural electrification program and why it’s still an important part of their lives back home.
“The trip gives the contest winners an opportunity to learn more about rural electric cooperatives and our nation’s capital,” says Jenni Lynn Crossnoe, Gibson EMC communications specialist, who was a chaperone on the trip. “It is important that our youth understand that Gibson EMC is a not-for-profit, customer-owned business and that our priority is to serve our customer-owners.”
Gibson EMC’s short story winners awarded the trip were Micah Lanier, Lake County High School in Tiptonville; Mary Medling, Dyer County High School in Newbern; Diana Whitmore, Obion County Central High School; Shanna Laman, Crockett County High School in Alamo; and Beau Jackson, Peabody High School in Trenton.
“This trip turned out to be the most amazing experience of my life,” said student Shanna Laman. “Washington Youth Tour gave me the opportunity to see our capital, have life-changing experiences, make unforgettable memories and make many new friends.”
The tour is coordinated at a statewide level by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and at a national level by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Published in The Messenger 7.7.10