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           Open to High School Juniors
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2017 Washington DC Youth Tour in Pictures

 


2017 Winners
 

 

ABOVE (L-R): Mohave Electric Cooperative 2017 Washington D.C. Youth Tour competition winners are Mohave High School student Deekshita Kacham and River Valley High School student Jeremy Queen with MEC Energy Management Specialist Steve Bouman, following the speech competition held at Mohave Community College in mid-October. Not pictured:  Alternate Elizabeth Barton.
(Photo: MEC/Peggy Gillman)

 

Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) will send two area students on a week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2017, to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s 54th Annual Youth Tour.
 
Winners of Mohave Electric’s annual competition, held October 19, 2016, are Deekshita Kacham, daughter of Rajitha and Subash Kacham of Bullhead City, and Jeremy Queen, son of Elizabeth and Tom Queen of Fort Mohave. Elizabeth Barton, daughter of Hylie and Alan Barton of Fort Mohave was selected as an alternate.
 
Kacham and Queen will join more than 1,700 students from electric Local students earn trip to Washington, D.C. cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capital and experience the workings of our federal government.
 
The MEC-sponsored contest is open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. Thirteen contestants were chosen and advanced to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications. The next phase of the competition required the participants to research a randomly assigned energy related topic then give a presentation based on the topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of wind, hydroelectric or solar power.
 
A panel of four community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria comprised of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.
 
This is the 26th year that MEC has selected area students to participate in the exciting Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. This worthwhile program is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.
 
 

2016 Winners
 

Kylee and Mady capitol

ABOVE:  Kylee Brockman and Madyson Smith are all smiles on Youth Day where hundreds of students from electric cooperative all over the country gathered for an energizing and inspirational experience where they made new friends and were educated on the history of electric cooperatives and the importance of their role of being active participants in our democracy.  Click here or on the photo to watch a video of highlights of the 2016 DC Youth Tour Arizona/California.

 

Kylee Brockman from Mohave High School and Madyson Smith from River Valley High School, winners of the 2016 Washington D.C. Youth Tour, joined 41 high school students representing Arizona and California electric cooperatives on an adventure of a lifetime.

For 25 years, as a part of our Commitment to Community, Mohave Electric has sponsored two students each year to represent the Co-op in a week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA).  The life changing experience impacts students in a way that a classroom doesn’t.

Students learn about the history of our country in text books but the knowledge diminishes as time passes.  Comprehending the concept of war and freedom does not have the same meaning as experiencing history up close and personal.  Standing in front of epic memorials of the great men and women who fought for our country and walking among the graves of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, was a part of our foundation that leaves an imprint that will never be forgotten.  One short week in our Nation’s Capital with the Washington D.C. Youth Tour, impacts students’ lives like nothing else can.

"Washington D.C. as a whole was an absolutely incredible experience.  Most, if not everything, we got to see was awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Seeing the heart of our nation was an experience I will never forget, paired with sites such as Arlington National Cemetery that showed just how many courageous people sacrificed everything for this nation of ours.  It is absolutely impossible to not feel patriotic in this beautiful place that I will never forget visiting," Smith said.   

The inspirational and enlightening journey packed dozens of historical sites, museums, and numerous memorials into one short week; the National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, and an impactful visit to Arlington National Cemetery where students witnessed the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A visit to Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, exemplified the lifestyle of early pioneers in the 1700s - without electricity or running water.  The sprawling acreage still maintains lush gardens, farm animals and a working blacksmith shop.  Outbuildings of the laundry, spinning, smoke and ice houses, as well as the distillery, miller’s shop, coach house and stables, made students appreciate the luxuries of modern society.

Students also had the opportunity to view the U.S. Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial where the precision and dedication of our military gave students a greater sense of patriotism and appreciation of what our flag stands for.  Many expressed their appreciation and love for their country and displayed honor and respect for those who serve our country in the name of freedom.

Brockman said, “The trip to Washington DC was one of a lifetime. The people I had an opportunity to meet were amazing and I am now glad to call them my friends. It was also amazing to get to see so many sites that are so important to our country. One in particular was the Arlington National Cemetery. Seeing how many people died for my freedom and all of America really struck me and gave me a better appreciation for my country and a land I am glad I get to call home.”

Students also learned about the workings of our government through an interactive congressional insight game, visits to their elected official’s offices as well as watching Congress in session from the House Gallery in the U.S. Capitol.   

On Youth Day, over 1700 students from cooperatives all over the country gathered for an energizing and inspirational experience where they made new friends and were educated on the history of electric cooperatives as well as the importance of their role of being active participants in our democracy.  Students realize they are important members in our society and their voices can make a difference.

As our history was built by our forefathers, our future will be shaped by our children.  With a greater understanding of our history, students develop character and gain the insight and motivation to build a solid and rewarding future, not just for themselves but for all.

The Mohave Electric sponsored contest is held annually and open to area high school juniors whose parents/guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative.  The D.C. Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.

Applications for the June 2017 Youth Tour competition will be available in September.  For more information call Lori Fonzi at (928) 763-4115.

 


Students earn trip to Washington, D.C.

 

Mohave Electric Cooperative’s annual Washington D.C. Youth Tour competition, held at Mohave Community College October 14, resulted in winners from Mohave High School and River Valley High School.

Kylee Brockman from Mohave and Madyson Smith from River Valley earned the top spots among ten competing participants to represent Mohave Electric Cooperative in the week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2016.  The 2016 tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) marks the 52nd year offered by the NRECA and the 25th year Mohave Electric Cooperative has sponsored local students.  Nearly 50,000 students have experienced the life changing opportunity, many of whom have gone on to high ranking careers in engineering, public service and government - including the U.S. Senate, stemming from their Youth Tour experience.

Brockman is the daughter of Marty and Michele Brockman of Bullhead City and Smith is the daughter of Tanya and Jamie Smith of Fort Mohave.  Evan Bruehl, son of Melanie and Rudy Bruehl of Bullhead City was selected as an alternate.

Brockman and Smith will join more than 1,700 students from electric cooperatives across the nation for the Youth Tour program to experience the nation’s capital up close and personal by visiting historical sites, gaining an understanding of the workings of our country’s government and meeting government representatives.  It’s an opportunity for students to meet new friends and develop life-long relationships as well as experience history in a manner that their history books cannot. 

The Mohave-sponsored contest was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative.  Ten semi-final contestants were chosen to advance to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications.

The next phase of the competition required participants to research an assigned topic related to energy or the cooperative business model then present a speech based on their topic.  Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the cooperative business model and values, just to name a few.  A panel of four local community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria including content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.

Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed capital credits with no expense to the cooperative and is made available as part of Mohave’s commitment to community.

2016 Washington D.C. Youth Tour winners Kylee Brockman and Madyson Smith with Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Energy Management Specialist, Steve Bouman (left) and Lori Fonzi, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator (left).

 

 

 


Mohave High School students experience a life changing event

 

Brian Brown and Coryn Hendrix, high school juniors from Mohave High, began their summer with a life changing experience.  In June, the students gathered with 1700 students from across the United States for the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Annual Washington D.C. Youth Tour. 

For 24 years, Mohave Electric has sponsored the educational trip giving students an opportunity to see the nation’s capital up close and personal.  By stepping out of their history books and into the bustling metropolis, students gain a better understanding of the government foundation that has served our nation for over 200 years.  Brown and Hendrix were selected in the 2015 Youth Tour competition open to high school juniors whose parents/guardians are Mohave Electric members.  Brown is the grandson of Gary and Martha Stanhope and Coryn is the daughter of Dana Hendrix.

Brown and Hendrix traveled to D.C. with 40 other students representing Arizona and California electric cooperatives.  Hendrix said they made friends with everyone quickly because they all had something in common, “They had the same interests, mindsets and were all motivated.  They all wanted to make something of themselves.”

Brown said being in D.C. opened up his world, “The culture is very different from Bullhead City.  People were very welcoming – always smiling and always saying hello.”  Brown added that he talked with a man from South Africa for an hour, “The diversity and history of people made everyone feel more connected – a melting pot that epitomizes that we are part of something whole – something bigger,” he said.

The fast paced, educational journey packed dozens of historical sites, museums, memorials and congressional visits into one short week.  Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, the USMC Museum, Smithsonian Museums, U.S. Capital, and several war memorials were among their many attractions.

The students agreed every encounter had an impact on them but said the Library of Congress was the most stunning, beautiful and ornate building in Washington D.C.  Both were proud to show the library card they obtained from the largest library and oldest federal cultural institution in the world.

One of Hendrix’s favorite sites was the Jefferson Memorial.  She described the “aura” inside the memorial as “huge,” not because of the 19’ bronze statue of Jefferson but because of his writings, “His writings really hit you – all his ideas were not just about American pride but for the pride of humanity.”

The students also described the Lincoln Memorial as “captivating and enthralling – larger than life.”  Brown said that photos cannot convey the size of the statue and that it was “awe inspiring.”  Hendrix said that it is hard to believe he was a real person, “In theory, you know he was real but seeing the memorial makes you realize, he really was.”

“Arlington National Cemetery was the most reverent site,” said Hendrix.  In addition to seeing the changing of the guard, Hendrix added, several of the students who had family members entombed there were able to visit their graves bringing the tragedy of war close to home.

The students agreed the Holocaust Museum is something everyone should experience at some point in their lives.  Hendrix said it was “wildly humbling and heartbreaking.”  Both articulated, “You almost don’t know how to process it?  It’s hard to believe that it could really happen.”

Brown said the museums and memorials force you to embrace and understand what really happened in our history.  He explained the Marine Corps Museum depicted how military technology has changed from the beginning of the Corps in 1775 to where it has advanced today.  Brown emphasized the potential of airplanes that have the ability to drop bombs that could “wipe out every living organism” and stated that in today’s world, it’s important that, “We have to find a balance to do our best without having to do our worst.”

In addition to the attractions, on Youth Day, the Arizona and California delegates met up with hundreds of students from all over the U.S.  They heard inspirational speakers, learned about the political process, expanded their knowledge about cooperatives, and created new friendships.

Brown said the experience made him realize that we are all a part of something “bigger” and definitely showed him that Washington D.C. is where he wants to go.  After attending college, Brown plans on pursuing politics beginning with his return to his roots with his sights set on representing his constituents as District 4 Representative.  But his ambitions don’t stop there.  Brown intends on living in the White House with plans for the Presidency in 2036.  “I loved the trip and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to expand my horizons,” he said.

Hendrix also expressed her liking for the fast paced surroundings of D.C. and said she is more certain now of where she wants to be.  Hendrix plans on studying law and eventually becoming a judge.  She said the opportunity was priceless and a turning point she will remember for the rest of her life. 

The Mohave-sponsored contest is held annually and open to area high school juniors whose parents/guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative.  Applications for the June 2016 Youth Tour competition will be available September 8, 2015.  For more information visit:  www.mohaveelectric.com, click on Community, then Washington D.C. Youth Tour or call Lori Fonzi at (928) 763-4115.  The Washington D.C. Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.

 


Washington D.C. Youth Tour impacts lives of students

 

Mohave High School students Rathin Kacham and Raquel MacDonald took a trip of a lifetime as Mohave Electric Cooperative representatives in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Annual Washington D.C. Youth Tour. Kacham and MacDonald were selected in the 2014 Youth Tour competition open to high school juniors whose parents are Mohave Electric members.

For 23 years, Mohave Electric has sponsored two local students to participate in the week-long educational trip where they meet with students from all across America. The once in a lifetime excursion gives students the opportunity to experience history with their peers through visits to our Capitol’s historic tributes. They learn more about the workings of our country’s government with visits to their state’s representatives’ offices and develop lasting relationships with new friends they meet along the way. MacDonald said the trip was personally significant for her because of the new friends she made. “Each monument and memorial we visited has a special meaning because of the personal experience we shared.”

The students traveled to D.C. with 40 other Arizona students and eight chaperones visiting war memorials such as the World War II, Vietnam, Iwo Jima and Korean War memorial, where they felt the impact of the loss of soldiers that gave their lives to maintain our freedom. They stepped into the history as they journeyed through Mount Vernon and the Holocaust Museum and explored the world through diverse avenues such as the Smithsonian museums, the National Cathedral and the Capitol Building where they learned more about our nation’s leaders.  A highlight of the visit for both students was meeting with their US Congressman Paul Gosar from Arizona. “This trip brought politics to life and made me realize my voice actually matters,” said Kacham.

Students convened with over 1,500 other students from nearly every state for Youth Day where they participated in a Congressional Insight Workshop that teaches students about the history of electric cooperatives and the important role of being an active participant in our democracy. Each state's delegation chooses a student representative for the NRECA's Youth Leadership Council (YLC) who returns to Washington for a leadership workshop that focuses on the electric cooperative industry. Additionally, the state representative attends the NRECA's Annual Meeting the following spring. Sam Sanders from Mohave High School was the Arizona representative in 2013.

The fast paced and exciting trip is a unique and memorable opportunity for students. If you know a high school junior whose parents are co-op members, don’t let them miss out on this opportunity to experience the excitement and history of America’s Capitol City.

Applications for the 2015 Youth Tour competition are available at area high schools and Mohave Electric’s Member Service Office located at 928 Hancock Road in Bullhead City or download the application below. The deadline to submit the application and essay is September 26th, 2014, competition for finalists is October 15t and travel dates are June 11-18, 2015.

The Mohave-sponsored contest is open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative. Ten semi-final contestant will be chosen and advance to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications. The next phase of the competition requires participants to research an energy related topic then present a speech based on their topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of nuclear, wind, hydroelectric or solar power. A panel of four local community leaders serve as judges and rank the speakers based on criteria including content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.

For more information, call Lori Fonzi, Mohave Electric Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator at 928-758-0579.

Costs of the trips are funded through unclaimed capital credits as indicated in Mohave Electric’s bylaws with no expense to the cooperative.

 

2014 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Students Selected

 

Mohave Electric Cooperative will send two area students on a week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2014, to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s 51st Annual Youth Tour.

Winners of Mohave Electric’s annual competition, held October 16, 2013 are Raquel MacDonald, daughter of Esther and Jay MacDonald of Bullhead City and Rathin Kacham, son of Rajitha Kacham and Subash Kasam of Bullhead City.  Nathan Burkis, nephew of Leanne Speer from Bullhead City was selected as alternate.

MacDonald and Kacham will join more than 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the nation for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites and experience the workings of our country’s government.

The Mohave-sponsored contest was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative. Ten contestants were chosen and advanced to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications.

The next phase of the competition required participants to research an energy related or historical topic then give a presentation based on their topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of nuclear, wind, hydroelectric or solar power.  A panel of four local community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria including content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.

This is the 23rd year that Mohave Electric has selected area students to participate in Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. The DC Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.

2014 Washington D.C. Youth Tour winners Raquel MacDonald and Rathin Kacham with Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Energy Management Specialist, Steve Bouman.
 Mohave Electric Cooperative is proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.  This year marks the 23rd year that Mohave is offering this once in a lifetime experience for two junior high school students whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric.  

Each year, Mohave sponsors two high school juniors to participate as representatives of the Mohave Electric Cooperative service area. The week-long trip to our nation’s Capitol takes place yearly in June. 

The Youth Tour is an opportunity for students to meet students from across the nation, make new friends, see highlights of our national history and experience first-hand what it is like to be involved in government and today’s social issues.

The process begins with students submitting an application and essay to compete in the competition.  Semi-finalists are selected to give an oral presentation before a panel of local community leaders who serve as judges. Topics include climate change legislation, energy independence and reducing our country’s use of foreign oil, energy supply and cost, and comparison between not-for-profit cooperative business models and investor owned corporations.       

Judges rank the speakers based on content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids. Two students and one alternate are then selected to represent Mohave Electric Cooperative.

Applications are available at Mohave High School, River Valley High School, and Mohave Electric’s Member Service Office located at 928 Hancock Road in Bullhead City. Click hereto download application. The deadline to submit the application and essay is September 20th, 2013.  Competition for finalists is October 16th, and travel dates are June 12-19, 2014.

Costs of the trips are funded through unclaimed capital credits as indicated in Mohave Electric’s bylaws with no expense to the cooperative.

Mohave is proud to contribute to our community through the D.C. Youth tour. It’s our commitment to community. It’s the co-operative difference. 

For information, call Lori Fonzi, Mohave Electric Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator at 928-758-0579.

 


2013 Youth Tour Winners Experience Washington D.C.

 

Samuel Sanders and Angela Siebrecht, winners of Mohave’s 22nd Annual Washington, D.C. Youth Tour returned from the week-long trip with understanding of our working government and American history.

The Youth Tour is sponsored by Mohave Electric Cooperative through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  Each year, two high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric are selected to experience the tour along with hundreds of students from all over the country. 

Sanders and Siebrecht joined nearly 1,600 other students to experience the trip of a lifetime visiting highlights of our nation’s history and discovering first-hand what it is like to be involved in government and today’s social issues.  A Congressional Insight workshop took students through a process of eleven rounds of decision making, fund-raising and campaigning to get a greater understanding of the duties of their representatives.

The fast paced week included visits to many historical sites such as Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums, several war memorials, Capital Tour and Embassy Row. Sanders and Siebrecht met with their district’s congressman, Paul Gosar. Both students said it was the highlight of their trip.

Applications for the 2014 Youth Tour will be available August 12th at Mohave Electric's member service office at 928 Hancock Road, Mohave High School and River Valley High School. 

 

Sanders Selected as Arizona Representative for the NRECA Youth Leadership Council

 

The Youth Tour is an exciting and educational experience for many students but only a select few like Sam Sanders are fortunate to extend that experience even further.

An element of the Youth Tour program is the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). During Youth Tour, one student from each state is selected by their state delegation to serve on NRECA's Youth Leadership Council.

The YLC members are recognized on Youth Day and are flown to Washington in July, to gain a broader understanding of electric cooperatives and the energy industry. The YLC members meet with NRECA leaders and Youth Tour alumni who work in Washington and on Capitol Hill. Also, the YLC students will deliver a short speech to their peers about what inspired them during Youth Tour.

The YLC member will also be part of NRECA's Annual Meeting in February 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Students participate in a leadership workshop that focuses on the cooperative form of business with the purpose of building strong leadership, public speaking, presentation, and advocacy skills in America’s most promising young leaders. Workshops also address grassroots advocacy, community service, and careers in public service.  

 

Students Earn Trip to Washington, D.C.

 

Laci Quick and Leslie Ramirez will experience the trip of a lifetime during a week-long educational journey to Washington D.C. in June 2012. The two Mohave High school students will participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s 48thAnnual Youth Tour. Quick and Ramirez will join more than 1,400 students from electric cooperatives across the nation to visit historical sites, experience the workings of our country’s government and meet with public officials.

Laci is the daughter of Staci and Patrick Quick and Leslie is the daughter of Antonette Alvarez and Rolando Ramirez. Chelsie Carter, the daughter of Emily and David Orantes, also from Mohave High School was selected as alternate.

The Mohave-sponsored contest was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric. Twelve semi-finalist contestants competed for the coveted trip on November 8th at Mohave Community College.  Students were required to choose a question from a list of energy related topics to research, write and present a speech based on their topic.

Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of nuclear, wind, hydroelectric or solar power.  A panel of four local community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria including content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.       

This is the 21st year that Mohave Electric has selected area students to participate in Washington, D.C. Youth Tour which is funded by unclaimed capital credits. The D.C. Youth Tour is one of many ways Mohave Electric demonstrates our commitment to community.

 


2011 Youth Tour Winners

 

Mohave Electric Cooperative is proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. This year marks the 20th year that Mohave has offered this once in a lifetime experience for two junior high school students whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric.    

Each year, Mohave sponsors two high school juniors to participate as representatives of the Mohave Electric Cooperative service area. The week-long trip to our nation’s Capitol takes place yearly in June Winners of the 2011 competition, held January 10th, are Susan Lee and Jamie Wolf, both from Mohave High School. Hunter Brown, also from Mohave High School was selected as an alternate. Hunter Brown, also from Mohave High School was selected as an alternate.

Lee and Wolff will join more than 1,400 students from electric cooperatives across the nation for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites and experience the workings of our country’s government.

 The process begins with students submitting an application and essay to compete in the competition.  Semi-finalists are selected to give an oral presentation before a panel of local community leaders who serve as judges. Topics include climate change legislation, energy independence and reducing our country’s use of foreign oil, energy supply and cost, and comparison between not-for-profit cooperative business models and investor owned corporations.       

Judges rank the speakers based on content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids. Two students and one alternate are then selected to represent Mohave Electric Cooperative.

The Youth Tour is an opportunity for students to meet students from across the country, make new friends, to see highlights of our national history and experience first-hand what it is like to be involved in government and today’s social issues.

Mohave is proud to contribute to our community through the D.C. Youth tour. It’s our commitment to community. It’s the coo-operative difference. 

For information, call Lori Fonzi, Mohave Electric Public Affairs Specialist at 928-758-0579.

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