CHIPLEY - Chipley High School junior Karleigh Walters was named West Florida Electric’s Youth Tour competition winner Monday, February 25.

Karleigh will represent WFEC on the National Rural Electric Youth Tour Monday, June 15 through Saturday, June 20, traveling to Washington, D.C. with over 30 other Florida students to join over 1,600 high school juniors representing co-ops from across the country.

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. WFEC has participated in the Youth Tour since 1979, sending two students to Washington, D.C. each year since. For more information about the Youth Tour and the scholarship program, please visit or contact Candace Croft at