POPLAR SPRINGS — Poplar Springs School junior, Kelli McIntosh and Cottondale High School junior, Wendy Singleton were named West Florida Electric’s Youth Tour competition winners on Thursday, Feb. 21. Andrew Bennett of Blountstown High School was named the alternate.

The girls will represent WFEC on the National Rural Electric Youth Tour June 15-20, traveling to Washington, D.C. with over 30 other Florida students to join over 1,500 high school juniors representing co-ops from across the country. 

Eleven area students participated in the local Youth Tour trip to Tallahassee. They were: Jacob O’Bryan, Altha School; Patricia Lewis, Bethlehem School; Andrew Bennett, Blountstown High School; Amynah Binmahfooz, Chipley High School; Wendy Singleton, Cottondale High School; Victoria Brown, Graceville High School; Dustin Everitt, Malone School; Kelli McIntosh, Poplar Springs School; Taylor Reed, Sneads High School and Morgan McKenzie, Vernon High School. Caroline Nichols, Graceville High School also participated in the FECA’s essay competition for the children and grandchildren of cooperative employees and trustees. Nichols took second place honors in the essay competition from students across the state.     

The trips to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. are part of the cooperative’s efforts to educate the leaders of tomorrow about how state and federal government works. The trips also help them gain insight into the roles rural cooperatives have played in the history of our country as well as their roles in the future of the electric utility industry.

The Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Program has been in existence since 1957 when co-ops sent students to Washington, D.C. to work during the summer. By 1964, the program caught on, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) began to coordinate the efforts of the co-ops. Since then, thousands of young people have experienced this opportunity. For more information about the Youth Tour visit the co-op’s web site at www.westflorida.coop or the Youth Tour Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wfec.youthtour.