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Delegate Lilli Colburn of Osage Valley Electric Cooperative asks a question of U.S. Rep. Vicki
Hartzler while meeting with the congresswoman just outside the House of Representatives.

TRIP OF A
LIFETIME

Electric cooperatives send best
and brightest to D.C.

by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

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Above: Missouri Youth Leadership Council delegate Makenna Baker of United Electric
Cooperative smiles as she's introduced at NRECA Youth Day. Below: The Missouri delegation
spent a morning at Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guard at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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ne day removed, Isaac Layton still can't believe where he was yesterday. The Perryville teenager is sitting at the base of Capitol Hill, but
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nitely was the most memorable," he says. "It's always been a dream of
mine to go inside. I never thought I would actually get to do that."
The St. Vincent High School student wasn't alone on the trip. He was joined
by some of Missouri's best and brightest as part of the Missouri Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
Missouri's electric cooperatives have been sending the cream of the crop
to our nation's capital on the "trip of a lifetime" for more than half a century.
The summer of 2019 was no different as 108 soon-to-be high school seniors
descended on Washington, D.C. for six days of monuments, museums, meetings and memories.
For Missouri's electric cooperatives, the trip is an investment in their local
youth and hometowns.
"The students who are selected for Youth Tour are already leaders in their
schools and communities," says Chris Massman, vice president of member
services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. "Youth Tour gives
them a chance to expand their horizons and visit a part of our country that is
rich with culture and history. They bring those experiences back with them."
The trip began in Columbia on Friday, June 14, with a banquet for delegates
and their families followed by an orientation. The students and chaperones hit
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joined more than 1,800 other youth from across the country.
Time was a hot commodity for the delegates as they didn't waste a minute
once they landed. In addition to the White House, the students saw some of our
country's most breathtaking tributes including the Air Force, Marine Corps,
World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, Martin Luther King, Jefferson and
Lincoln memorials. They were able to visit historic sites such as the museums
of the Smithsonian Institution, American Art Museum, Mount Vernon, Ford's
Theater as well as the Newseum, the museum of news.
They observed the solemn tradition of the changing of the guard at the Tomb
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trip was spent on Capitol Hill meeting with their legislators and visiting the

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