High-school sophomores and juniors from the Midwest Energy Cooperative service area are invited to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour, June 10-15. Midwest will sponsor up to two students who are co-op members, and will cover all travel and tour expenses.

Midwest’s student representatives will meet up with other Michigan electric cooperative delegates in Lansing for orientation, then board a motor coach for D.C. They will stop to tour the Civil War battlegrounds in Gettysburg and participate in a flag ceremony at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, birthplace of The Star Spangled Banner. While in Washington they will tour various monuments and memorials, explore several museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and witness the time-honored changing of the guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. They will also visit with Michigan Senators and Congressmen on Capitol Hill, and enjoy an evening at a Washington Nationals baseball game.

“Electric co-ops have been sponsoring Youth Tour for over 50 years,” says Patty Nowlin, director of community relations at Midwest Energy Cooperative. “Every year, our students return from Washington, D.C. with great new friendships; impactful lessons on history, government and culture; and awesome memories. It’s a wonderful way to teach the cooperative difference while providing this life-changing experience.”

Additional information and online application are available at CooperativeYouthTour.com. Applications must be received by Feb. 28 for consideration.