The two local students Broad River Electric sent to our nation’s capital to be a part of the 55th Washington Youth Tour, returned home on Thursday, June 20.
Collin Cash of Chesnee and Anna McBee of Gaffney were among an outstanding group of rising high school seniors from across the country that experienced Washington, D.C. learned about our government and electric cooperatives, and made new friends.
During the tour, delegations of students followed state-planned itineraries, which included time with their state’s Congressional delegation, historical tours, and museums.
Cash attends Chesnee High School where he is a member of the National Honors Society and a SC Teacher Cadet. He also is a member of the Chesnee High marching band, orchestra, and concert choir.
McBee attends Oakbrook Preparatory Academy where she is on the soccer team. She active in her community, helping with an afterschool program, Meals on Wheels, and the local children’s home.
“We are proud to have these exceptional young leaders represent our cooperative and our community,” said Terry Mallard, President and CEO of Broad River Electric. “In addition to being a great experience for these students, it is an opportunity for us to invest in the future and ensure that cooperative principles like community, education, and democracy are carried on.”
The tour is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). Local electric cooperatives select students who represent their service area as well as the entire state of South Carolina.
South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have participated in the Washington Youth Tour since 1968. In 2019, 72 students and eight chaperones are participating.