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Two high school students whose families are Midwest Energy Cooperative members experienced Washington, D.C. during the week of June 10 as delegates to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour.

Chris Jackson, son of Dennis and Rebecca Jackson and a junior at Mendon High School, and McKenna Young, daughter of Raymond Young and Sarah Wyatt and a junior at Madison High School, joined approximately 1,800 students representing electric cooperatives from all over the United States for this annual event. The students were selected based on applications and interviews with Midwest representatives.

“Youth Tour provides young people with a truly exceptional experience that builds character and creates a sense of appreciation for our rich history, as a country and an association of rural electric cooperatives,” said Patty Nowlin, vice president of corporate communications at Midwest. “We want to help these kids develop an emotional connection to our great nation and their role in it.”

As part of the 20-student Michigan delegation, Chris and McKenna toured the Civil War battlegrounds in Gettysburg, PA and participated in a flag ceremony at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD on their way to D.C. Once in the capital, they visited several monuments and memorials, toured the Smithsonian Institution and witnessed the changing of the guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Additionally, the students met Michigan representatives on Capitol Hill, saw a musical and attended a Washington Nationals’ baseball game.