Manatee County students return from PRECO trip to Washington, D.C.

Florida students pose for a photo.
Florida students pose for a photo. PHOTO PROVIDED

Two local students recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the 52nd annual Youth Tour sponsored by 11 Florida electric cooperatives.

Jaimie Davis, Southeast High School, and Kevin Harkins, a homeschool student from Parrish, were two of more than 30 students from Florida who went on the trip in June. More than 1,700 students from 43 states attended the tour.

Each year, Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) invites central Florida schools to submit the name of one bright, enthusiastic student to compete in an essay contest, with the top two winners chosen to attend Youth Tour.

While attending the all-expenses-paid tour, the students visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol Building, Mount Vernon and the National Cathedral. Florida’s Youth Tour group also toured many of the various war memorials, including the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials.

Other sites included the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials. Students also visited the Smithsonian museums, enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac and much more during the week-long trip.

Since 1964, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington, Va., has coordinated Youth Tour to promote civic education and leadership opportunities for students.

Peace River Electric Cooperative, a electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to more than 38,000 member/consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota counties.