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Scenes from the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in D.C.

Kirsten Barker and Maddie Love joined over 1,500 students from around the country in the Capital for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

From humble beginnings dating back to the late 1930s, EnergyUnited has grown into the largest not-for-profit energy cooperative in North Carolina. Our incredible journey symbolizes the American Dream in more ways than one. We love our home state and we love our country, which is why we are proud to accept applications for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, year after year.

THE PROGRAM

The Youth Tour Program is open to high school sophomores and juniors in EnergyUnited’s 19 county service areas. Participants must complete an application and write a letter to an elected official on a topic of their choice. A review committee identifies the finalists and then a selection team interviews the students about their academic achievements, community involvement, volunteer experiences and letters.

There were a lot of outstanding applicants this year and EnergyUnited is pleased to introduce our two winners.

THE WINNERS

Kirsten Barker, 16, is a student at North Iredell High School in Olin, NC. She is a member of the Beta Club, on the varsity cheerleading squad, a member of the swim team, team captain of the North Iredell High School JV soccer team, class vice president and an Iredell County Crosby Scholars participant. She also has multiple hours of community service.

Maddie Love, 17, is a student at South Iredell High School in Statesville, NC. She is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society for English, Spanish and Science, an IB Middle Years Program graduate, a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Leadership program and is involved with the Pharmacy Innovators Program at Chapel Hill. Love also has 50+ hours of community service hours.

THE TOUR

From June 9th to 15th of this year, Kirsten and Maddie joined over 1,500 students from across the United States for a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They learned about electric cooperatives, American history and the United States government as well as visited historic sites and spent time with congressional leaders.

Representing EnergyUnited on this trip is an excellent way to bolster college applications and have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bond with fellow students.

For more information on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, visit EnergyUnited.com/Youth-Tour.