Youth Tour 2018: A visit to the Capitol

Nikki and Slater’s time in Washington, D.C. is halfway over. In a short few days, the two have experienced much throughout their journey. On Monday, the two spent the morning touring Mt. Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. Back in D.C., they then strolled through the national mall and toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum.  That evening, students met with other delegates from across the U.S. at the NRECA Youth Program. Motivational speakers, activities and more filled the evening.

An early morning took our delegates to Capitol Hill. The sea of blue polo shirts washed through the Capitol exploring all that it had to offer.  The Kansas and Hawaii delegations then separated to visit with Legislators about the importance of serving their communities. After a quick lunch, the delegations met back for a tour of the Vietnam, Korean and Lincoln Memorials. Finally, the students said enjoyed the last few hours of the day at the United States Marine’s Sunset Parade.

Thursday will mark the final day in their adventure and we cannot wait to see what they will experience next.

Youth Tour 2018: Days 3 and 4

Welcome to Washington! Slater and Nikki’s first full days in Washington, D.C. were met with new faces, new sights and new stories to share.  The first stop  on their new journey was a tour of the Newseum. Delegates put on their best announcer’s voice and wandered the halls looking at all that goes into sharing news stories. Delegates were then surprised with a tour of the White House. This is the first time in many years that the Youth Tour delegation was able to book a tour of the historic building. Leaving the White House, the group was headed off to Washington Nationals Stadium for an afternoon of baseball and fun.  To wrap up the day, students were able to laugh through their sunburns with a evening viewing of Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

On Sunday, our travelers began the day in reflection and reverence as they paid respects at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and Tomb of the Unkown Soldier. They said a brief “good bye” to the capital city and zoomed off to Baltimore. A tour of Fort McHenry, the Inner Harbor and the National Aquarium were highlights for many delegates, however as quickly as they arrived they headed back into Washington, D.C. for their final surprise, a riverboat cruise on the Potomac!

YT 2018 Days 1 & 2: New Friends and New Places

2018 Youtht Tour

Nikki Wilken and Slater Heglin have officially begun their Youth Tour journeys. The two Ulysses High School students were selected from approximately 20 candidates for the opportunity to represent Pioneer Electric at the 2018 Youth Tour. Nikki, Slater and Rae and Jay Gorman (chaperones for this year’s tour) traveled to Topeka for the first leg of their Youth Tour experience.  Once in Topeka, Nikki and Slater met with the 37 other students from across Kansas and Hawaii. They listened to past Youth Tour alumni share their experiences, toured the Kansas State Capitol Building and enjoyed making new friends.

“These are some outstanding young adults,” said Rae Gorman Manager of Energy Services.  “Our hope is that this will encourage these students build lasting skills that they will be able to bring back to their communities. We are excited to see how this experience will unfold and can’t wait to hear what they’ve gained from Youth Tour.”

Day two and the tour moves into full swing. An early morning greeted travelers as they drove to FreeState Electric Cooperative. Students were treated to a much needed breakfast and got a taste of what it means to be a part of an electric cooperative. To end their visit with FreeState, delegates and chaperones were able to join in for some bucket truck rides before heading off towards Washington, D.C.

Josh (Southern Pioneer delegate), Slater Heglin, Makalah (Southern Pioneer delegate) and Nikki Wilken pose before entering the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas.

What will be next for our travelers? Join us on June 11 for the next portion of Nikki and Slater’s Youth Tour adventures!