Local Students Depart for Nation's Capital

2018 Youth Tour Delegation from SVEC

[NASHVILLE] – More than 135 students from across Tennessee are headed to Washington, D.C., as a part of the 2018 Washington Youth Tour later. The annual event, which begins on Friday, June 8, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and develop their leadership skills.

Participating in this year’s trip are Abigail Badgett (front) from South Pittsburg High School; McKinely Thomas (back) from Grundy County High School; Keslin Moore (back) from Bledsoe County High School; Seth Troyer (back) from Richard Hardy Memorial School; Fallon Nutter (back) from Sequatchie County High School; Heather Dawson (front) from Marion County High School; Madison Dykes (front, far right) from Whitwell High School . These students are being sponsored by Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative.

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and local electric cooperatives from across the state. Students were selected for the trip by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Going Beyond the Wires” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.

President Lyndon Johnson inspired the tour in 1957 when he encouraged electric cooperatives to send youngsters to the nation’s capital. In the years since, more than 6,000 young Tennesseans have been delegates for the Washington Youth Tour.  Politicians, business leaders, authors and athletes are Washington Youth Tour alumni, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.


Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, is a not-for-profit organization offering reliable, low-cost electricity to 35,000 members in Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie and surrounding counties.


The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.