A week remains for local high school sophomores and juniors to apply for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 17 to 23 courtesy of Tideland Electric Cooperative, which serves Hyde County.

The application deadline is Jan. 31 and can be downloaded here.

One Tideland area high school student will have an opportunity to take part in this year’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.  The event, which has been going on for 50 years, involves more than 1,600 students representing electric cooperatives from across the nation.

The Youth Tour recruiting process is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Eligible students must reside in a home served by Tideland.
Among the activities, Tideland’s Youth Tourists will learn more about cooperative business principles, Visit Capitol Hill and meet with North Carolina’s Senators and Congressional representatives and have an opportunity to win a college scholarship.

Attendees who return their paperwork on time will be eligible to tour The White House if scheduling permits.

During the week, North Carolina students establish a “Soda Pop Co-op” to provide a supply of affordable drinks while in Washington, D.C.

Each student pays $1 to become a member of the cooperative. A board of directors is appointed, and they hire a manager and assistant manager. At the end of the trip, the cooperative is dissolved, and each student is refunded their membership fee and their capital credits.

Learn more about the event by visiting the National Electric Youth Tour website.

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