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Delegates Sophia Cunningham, left, of Callaway Electric Cooperative and Kylah Lowe of
Gascosage Electric Cooperative view the rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

Library of Congress and Supreme Court.
"There's just so much here and I didn't realize how much of our country's
history is ingrained in this city," says Isaac, who was sponsored by Citizens
Electric Corp. "It's so awesome that this is an opportunity for us students, for
people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to travel to D.C."
Each year, one delegate from Missouri is selected as the representative for
the national Youth Leadership Council. Makenna Baker - sponsored by United Electric Cooperative - was chosen as the 2019-2020 Missouri council delegate. She returned to D.C. in July for more leadership training and will travel
to the NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans and address the 2020 Missouri
Youth Tour delegates in Columbia next June. "My favorite part about Youth
Tour has been not only meeting so many new people - because that's obviously a really important aspect - but getting to be more vocal and learn so
much about leadership and our country," Makenna says.
She added that seeing the many monuments took history out of a textbook.
"We walked around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Father's Day," she says.
"Seeing all the people who had family members names on the wall and how
emotionally impacted they were was something I won't forget."
The Youth Tour was inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson in 1957 when
he asked rural electric leaders to "send youngsters to the national capital where
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group of young people on a weeklong tour of our nation's capital. Missouri
followed suit in 1964 with 22 Show-Me State electric cooperatives sending 58
students to Washington, D.C.
The 2019 trip was the 56th time Missouri's electric cooperatives have stepped
up to send the state's youth to Washington and also was a record setter for the
number of delegates.
"With the help of teachers, counselors and members, our electric cooperaWLYHVVHHNRXWDQGÀQGVRPHRIWKHPRVWWDOHQWHGVWXGHQWVLQ0LVVRXULDQQXally," says Chris, who organizes the trip for AMEC. "Year after year these delegates make Missouri proud with how they represent themselves on some of
the country's most hallowed ground."
For more information on the youth programs offered by Missouri's Electric
Cooperatives, visit www.amec.coop and click on the Youth Programs tab.

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Above: Karli Heimburger, left, and Tatum Green of Cuivre River Electric Cooperative read
some of the messages left at the U.S. Air Force Memorial. Below: The delegates visited some of
the most well-known sites including the Marine Corps War Memorial. Below left: Missouri's
electric cooperatives sent a record 108 delegates on the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

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