Local high school students Mackenzie Falls and Jai Ramchander joined over a thousand high school students from other electric cooperatives around the country to spend the week in Washington, D.C. for the annual Youth Tour trip. Every year PVREA sponsors students to attend this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Applications for next year’s trip will be available later this year.
Q&A With the Students
What was your favorite part of the trip and why?
Jai: My favorite part of the trip was the visit to Arlington National Cemetery because I realized how many lives were lost for the United States in the war. It was also a very cool experience to see the Changing of the Guards.
Mackenzie: My favorite part of the trip was visiting Mount Vernon because it was such a beautiful place and had so much history behind it.
What is something you learned that you didn’t know before?
Jai: Something that was emphasized a lot during the trip to D.C. was that the youth can truly make an impact on society and in the government. I knew this before, but it became more clear when I was in Washington, D.C.
Mackenzie: I learned how we get our power and how electric co-ops work. I never knew exactly how my REA functioned, but now I better understand how people get their power.
Overall, describe your experience?
Jai: Overall, the trip to D.C. was extremely educational and fun at the same time. I had the opportunity to meet other great people with similar interests as me, as well as learn about the importance of electric cooperatives in the country.
Mackenzie: My trip to D.C. was amazing because I met a lot of great people that taught me different lessons. I also loved learning more about how our government and electric co-ops function. I left the trip better understanding how our country works.