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Four Youths Represent Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Educational Tour
Each year in June electric cooperatives from all across the United States support the Electric Youth Tour program, which gives young people the opportunity to spend an informative week in the nation’s capital.  Kimberly Matherly, Heather Wilkerson, Amanda Hawthorne, and Ashley Brown represented Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in 2011 and were among over 1,500 high school students from all over the United States who experienced what it is like to be involved in politics and learned about community service and today’s pressing issues.  The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) sponsored 40 young people this year, along with 10 chaperones from 10 of the VMDAEC electric cooperatives, one of which is Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.


Matherly is a senior at Chatham High School and is the daughter of Gary and Lori Matherly of Chatham.  Wilkerson is a at Randolph-Henry High School and is the daughter of Gary Wilkerson of Nathalie and Tina Newcomb of Drakes Branch.  Hawthorne is a senior at Brunswick Academy and is the daughter of Dwayne and Belinda Hawthorne of Alberta.  Brown is a senior at Brunswick High School and is the daughter of Herbert and Audree Brown of Freeman.  Audree Brown comments, “I appreciate the opportunity my daughter had to go on the Electric Youth Tour and meet other high-achieving students from across the country.  I thank Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for the great exposure and the activities she had a chance to engage in with a positive group of young ladies and men.”


The groups from Mecklenburg, Southside and Prince George electric cooperatives took a tour of the nation’s Capitol guided by one of Congressman Robert Hurt’s staff members.  They also had an opportunity to meet with Congressman Hurt in his office.


A highlight of the tour was Youth Day during which all 1,500 students gathered as a group.  The theme was “Our Energy, Our Future.”  Motivational speakers emphasized the difference that young people can make where they live by volunteering for community projects.


The Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) students were accompanied by Brian Morris, MEC’s member services/energy-efficiency advisor.  He says, “The Electric Youth Tour is an excellent opportunity for the young people from each state to meet with their legislators in Washington and see first-hand the operations of their government.”  He adds, “The young ladies in my group showed much interest and enthusiasm to learn more about Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and the role that cooperatives play throughout the nation.”


While in Washington the group toured Arlington National Cemetery, National Museum of American History, the Library of Congress, Madame Tassauds wax museum, The Kennedy Center, and Mount Vernon.


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