Local Students Attend Montgomery Youth Tour
The Montgomery Youth Tour is an annual event sponsored by the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA). Sixteen local students competed for the opportunity to represent Pea River Electric Cooperative on this year's tour. Through an interview process, 12 of the students were selected to go (in addition to two Pea River employee's kids) to Montgomery March 12-14, where the group of students joined other high school students from across Alabama to visit historic sites such as the state capitol, the Alabama Archives & History and the Dexter King Memorial Baptist Church. Students also got to meet members of the state legislature at the Alabama Statehouse where they actually got to spend time on the floor of the House learning how a bill is passed from start to finish.
Students also heard inspirational speaker, Cea Cohen-Elliot and participated in fun teambuilding activities to learn more about each other and about how electric cooperatives work. Students had a fun night out at the bowling alley and enjoyed a dinner dance one night.
Students representing Pea River Electric this year were: Maggie Bush, Trace Johnson, Kaylee Johnson, Dillon Caraway and Madison Martin, G.W. Long High School; Hayden Sessoms and Mark Wallace, Ariton High School; Eric Truitt and Nathan Hall, Abbeville High School; Abbey Kelley and Haley King, Abbeville Christian School; Morgan Cheatwood, Carroll High School; Nehe'miah Jackson, Dale County High School and Caleb Davis, Harvest Christian School.
Following the Montgomery tour, three of the students were selected to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. this June. The Washington, D.C. Youth Tour is hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Each year, Pea River Electric’s youth tour participants travel with other students from Alabama for the week-long conference attended by more than 1,500 students from all over the country. The three students selected for the Washington tour are Maggie Bush, Hayden Sessoms and Nathan Hall.