Washington Youth Tour Ambassadors Experience Trip of a Lifetime

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Washington Youth Tour Ambassadors

Every June, several rising seniors represent Blue Ridge Electric on the Washington Youth Tour. This year our four representatives were Alden Richardson and Dawson Gilstrap, from Pickens High School, and Mackenzie Hopkins and Isaac Buckner from Walhalla High School.  Pictured here during their visit to Capitol Hill, the students also had the opportunity to tour historical monuments, such as Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian, the World War II Memorial and many more.

While visiting the White House, they were honored when U. S. Senator Lindsey Graham and U. S. Senator Tim Scott met to talk with them on the steps of the White House. They were able to ask questions about United States government, and important issues that are impacting today’s society. The trip helps students to also get a better understanding of how important cooperatives are and how they operate as a business.

Each of these outstanding students have thanked Blue Ridge for this memorable opportunity. All of them came back with new knowledge and new friends, here at home and across the nation.  Mackenzie Hopkins on her return wrote, “The Washington Youth Tour was the experience of a lifetime.  I had the opportunity to meet students from all parts of South Carolina and across the country while touring our nation’s capital.  My favorite part of this experience was the behind the scenes look at the Capitol given to us by Representative Duncan’s staff.” 

For Issac Buckner being a part of the Washington Youth Tour, was a “life-changing experience”.  He writes, “The trip to Washington has certainly inspired me to lead and serve in my community.” Alden Richardson expressed his thanks and concluded, “Going to Capitol Hill, meeting the senators, and listening to their encouraging words made a last impression upon me.  To know we are the future leaders of our state is inspiring.”

Like the other representatives, Dawson Gilstrap made new friends and summed up his trip this way.  “There were plenty of sights to see and many unique opportunities to learn about our nation’s capital.  I had a wonderful time and felt truly blessed to be a part of the Washington Youth Tour.” 

If you have a child who is a junior in high school this year, remember they are eligible to apply for this amazing trip through our Statewide office.  Applications will be available in the fall on our website, blueridge.coop

Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Co-op visited Capitol Hill during their visit to Washington.  They are (l to r), Alden Richardson, Dawson Gilstrap, Mackenzie Hopkins and Issac Buckner.