Two Richmond Hill High School students were chosen this month to represent Coastal Electric Cooperative for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2020 Washington Youth Tour scheduled for June 18-25.
Ethan Falls and Jackson Martin will join more than 1,600 other rising seniors from across the country for the all-expenses-paid leadership development experience in Washington, D.C.
Each Coastal Electric Cooperative student delegate – a total of six from Bryan, Liberty and McIntosh counties – will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Coastal Electric Cooperative Foundation.
Funding for the foundation comes, in part, from Coastal Electric Cooperative members who make voluntary contributions on their electric bills through Operation Round Up. Those pennies, nickels and dimes are pooled together and invested back into the community.
“This small change helps to change the lives of young people,” said Chris Fettes, Coastal Electric CEO. “We believe in the benefits of the Washington Youth Tour program, and we are glad to play a part in the success of these bright students.”
Delegates for the 2020 Tour include Ethan Falls and Jackson Martin, Richmond Hill High School; Tillman Norsworthy, Liberty County High School; Andres Robles-Sotomayor, Bradwell Institute; and Brooke Maulden and Jermaine Thomas, McIntosh County Academy.
Since 1964, the Washington Youth Tour has given over 50,000 students representing America’s electric cooperatives the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Coastal Electric Cooperative has sponsored over 120 local students as Washington Youth Tour delegates.