ANDALUSIA, AL - Four area students recently participated in an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June as part of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative's 2010 Youth Tour winners.
Youth Tour's primary goals are to provide outstanding young people with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the value of rural electrification, become more familiar with the nation's historical and political environment and increase their knowledge of how the federal government works.
Deion Nickson of Pike County High School, Haley Moody of Andalusia High School, Hillarie Davis of Opp High School and Molly McGuire of Elba High School were chosen for the trip based on their cumulative performance on written essays, written tests and an interview competition held at PowerSouth's headquarters in Andalusia.
The winners and their chaperones left from Birmingham for Washington on Saturday, June 12, where they met with Youth Tour participants from around the nation. The 2010 Youth Tour winners spent six days and five nights in the country's capitol visiting historical and recreational sites such as the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and the Smithsonian.
"It was amazing to see all of the historical monuments that I've only seen in the movies or on television," said Nickson.
The students also enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac and several shopping opportunities during the trip. PowerSouth has participated in the Youth Tour program for more than 20 years, sponsoring students from Andalusia, Opp, Elba and Pike County high schools.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s, and more than 40,000 students from across America have participated in this unique program.