Washington Youth Tour is an unforgettable experience
Aug 1, 2012
Each year Blue Ridge is excited to send students to Washington, DC as part of the annual Washington Your Tour. These students have an opportunity to see a number of the sites and monuments that are such a big part of our American heritage. They also get to see our political system in action and meet and talk with their elected officials. Finally, they get to be a teenager with thousands of other teenagers in a big city�making new friends and sharing experiences they will never forget.
|Blue Ridge Youth Tour representatives Issac Bowen and William Mathis are pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol.|
William Mathis, a rising senior at Tamassee-Salem High School said of his trip, �I was so honored to be selected as a representative for the Washington Youth Tour. It was everything I could have ever wished for and more. I saw so many great things and met so many new friends-- it was truly spectacular."
This year, the students took part in a new adventure as they were traveling together to Washington. They formed a Soda Pop Co-op to help them learn more about how a co-op operates. Blue Ridge student representative Issac Bowen from Palmetto High School was one of the directors of this co-op. Bowen explained, �The Soda Pop Co-Op sold drinks and snacks throughout the week at a more affordable price. At the end of the week, our customers received money back just like an Electric Co-Op does in the form of capital credits. This was a hands-on learning experience for me. The Washington trip was a privilege and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go.�
Scott Martin, a special ed teacher from Seneca High School was chosen from applicants across the state to be a chaperon for the week. When asked about his week, Scott responded, �I can't believe the opportunity I had. The trip was wide open. It was especially interesting being there with the Supreme Court deciding on Obamacare and the decision on Eric Holder. The students were phenomenal. It was impressive to see how they bonded as a group. We, as a group from SC, represented our state to the fullest. When the time comes again for selections, teachers and students need to really think about applying. I am honored that I was a part of this experience.�
Applications for the 2013 WYT will be available in January from local school guidance counselors or at blueridge.coop.