(l-r) Christian Britschge, Laura Keller, Chynna Sneed, Alexis Tuten and Nicholas Magnin in front of the U.S. Capitol.

South Carolina’s Washington Youth Tour students, including five representatives from Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s service area, had a fun-filled week in Washington D.C., June 15-20. Students spent their time touring historical sites, meeting their legislators and learning how cooperatives are affected by government. Most of all, they had a great time meeting other students from cooperatives across the United States.

Rising seniors, Nicholas Magnin (Hilton Head Island High School), Chynna Sneed (May River High School) and Christian Britschge (Hilton Head Preparatory School) were sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative on the Washington Youth Tour. Laura Keller (Hilton Head Island High School) and Alexis Tuten (Step of Faith Christian Academy) were chosen by the state association of electric co-ops.

While on the Youth Tour, these students had the opportunity to visit historical sites such as the Holocaust Museum, Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, United States Capitol and the White House, just to name a few!

Not only did the students get the chance to learn about American history, they also got to know more about how a cooperative operates. Students formed their own “Soda Pop Co-op” to distribute snacks and drinks for the week.  Like an electric co-op, a board was elected to oversee the Soda Pop Co-op, and a manager and assistant manager were also appointed.

This process allowed students to learn about capital credits and the structure of cooperative governance.  While the trip was mostly educational, they did have lots of fun, too!  Students were treated to a private boat cruise down the Potomac where they danced and socialized with other students from cooperatives across the United States, and friendships were made that will last a lifetime!

The South Carolina Youth Tour delegation poses in front of the White House.

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