Area students make the trip to D.C.

By Todd Fuqua

Corona’s Cooper Autrey, far left, shows off his state pride with fellow Youth Tour members. (Courtesy photo)

Six area students have returned from a prestigious trip to our nation’s capital, learning about our government along the way.

From left, Haleigh Haven, Haley Bigmouth, Kylie Pruett and Dakota Hazen visit the Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Thanks to the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and sponsored by Otero Electric Cooperative, area high school students Hailey Bigmouth of Mescalero, Haleigh Haven of Cloudcroft, and Dakota Hazen and Kylie Pruett made the all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 8-15.

Additionally, Corona High School Students Cabel Cox and Cooper Autrey went, sponsored by Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative.

Corona’s Cabel Cox shows off the many state pins he’s collected. (Courtesy photo)

More than 1,800 students from rural America were part of this, visiting the capital to do more than just see the monuments and museums.

They also interacted with elected officials and got an on-the-scene education about our nation’s history.

Among the more memorable events was a ceremony in which Cox got to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The week concluded with Youth Day, with a gathering of delegates from around the country and featured speakers.

Counting the numerous chaperones, more than 2,100 people took part in the tour.

Having been nominated by their local cooperatives, Bigmouth, Haven, Hazen, Pruett, Cooper and Cox not only learned about their government, they attended leadership training and learned the purpose of electric co-ops in their hometowns.

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