Hannah Teasley, of Timberlake, recently participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation.
Piedmont EMC Sends Local Student to Washington, D.C.
HILLSBOROUGH, NC, July 29, 2011—Hannah Teasley, of Timberlake, recently participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation. She spent six days in Washington, D.C., with 30 peers from North Carolina.
Hannah, daughter of Jennifer and Randy Teasley of Timberlake, is a junior at Roxboro Community School. She was selected to attend the Washington, D.C. tour based upon her essay.
Each year in June, an action filled week provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service, and today’s pressing issues in the energy industry. Students met their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, saw historic sites, and met over 1500 students from across the country who participated in the Youth Tour Program June 11 – 17, 2011.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been a joint effort of local electric co-ops, such as Piedmont EMC, their statewide co-op associations, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Va., for 47years.
Hannah said she had the experience of a lifetime meeting with peers from other states and NRECA staff during the Washington trip.
“The youth tour was so amazing,” Hannah said. “It was really cool to meet my senators and representatives, and learn about politics up-close. Plus, I made friends from nearly every state and experienced history first-hand. It really made me think about what it means to be an American, and shows that people my age do care about this country.”
In addition to taking in the sights of the nation’s capital, all the state groups convened for National Youth Day, sponsored by NRECA, to learn from public figures and other inspirational speakers. This year’s Youth Day agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medallist and two-time world Champion Wheelchair Basketball champion. Schlappi shares his inspiring message for every American, young or old: “Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out.”
For more information on how you can participate in Piedmont EMC’s Washington Youth Tour program, contact Rachel Phelps Hawkins or visit on line at www.pemc.coop.
Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.
Piedmont Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough, is a nonprofit electric utility serving 32,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.