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Four local high school juniors and two area chaperones will represent Lynches River Electric Cooperative June 11-16 at the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. The local delegates will join 74 students from across the Palmetto State and more than 1400 students nationwide for this one-week event in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives.
Representing LREC will be Logan Coates from North Central High School, Olivia Hinson from Andrew Jackson High School, Bailey Milhorn from Buford High School, and Madison Oliver from Buford High School. Local chaperones are LREC employee Judy Bowers and Jerry Brigman, a teacher at Chesterfield High School. Altogether, 86 individuals will attend from South Carolina, a record for the Washington Youth Tour.
The delegates were selected from a group of high school student applicants in Chesterfield, Kershaw and Lancaster counties to receive the all-expenses-paid trip. All applicants were interviewed by a panel of judges in March.
“We sponsor the Washington Youth Tour as part of our commitment to the young people in our service area,” said David Altman, CEO for LREC. “During this week, these delegates will experience American history and government firsthand as well as learn more about the history and business principles of the electric cooperatives.”
While in Washington, the delegates will meet their U.S. representatives and senators and enjoy a week exploring the nation’s capitol and its museums, memorials and monuments.
Logan is the daughter of Tracy and Marla Coates of Kershaw, and her career goal is to be a surgical nurse. Olivia is the daughter of Gregory and Melanie Hinson of Heath Springs, and she plans to pursue a career as a flight nurse. Bailey, who has not decided on a college major, is the daughter of Pete and Karla Milhorn of Lancaster. Madison Oliver, the daughter of Jamie and Nicole Oliver of Lancaster, would like to major in political broadcasting.
To be eligible for the Washington Youth Tour, students must be completing their junior year in high school and live in the Lynches River Electric Cooperative’s service area.