Local students take the 'trip of a lifetime' to Washington, D.C.

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Youth Tour Winners pictured from left to right: Ariel Baise, Sarah Potts, Kori Clopton, Maranda Patin, Olivia Ledet and Monica Rivet.

Pointe Coupee Electric and NRG Energy/Louisiana Generating, LLC recently joined forces to sponsor six students as part of the 52nd Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The six delegates were awarded the free trip to Washington by being selected winners of Pointe Coupee Electric’s Youth Tour Essay Writing Competition.

Representing Pointe Coupee Electric were Kori Clopton, Ariel Baise and Sarah Potts. Also selected from among nine finalists to represent NRG Energy/Louisiana Generating on the Youth Tour were Maranda Patin, Monica Rivet and Olivia Ledet.

Since Pointe Coupee Electric began participating in the program, dozens of local students have benefited from what has often been described as a “life changing” experience.

For their trip to Washington, the local students joined a group of 28 other students and chaperones from electric cooperatives across the state and the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives in Baton Rouge.

While in Washington, the students joined more than 1,600 other students from 37 states for the annual program.

“The purpose of the contest is to give local students a chance to develop leadership skills, learn how electric cooperatives work, see our government in action and tour Washington, D.C.,” said Pointe Coupee Electric Director of Member Services Joanie Bishop, who administers the program for the cooperative. “We’re happy that these six local students had a great time in Washington and that the cooperative could make this once-in-a-lifetime event possible for them. I know they learned a lot and represented Louisiana well.”

Bishop said the Cooperative is proud to continue supporting the worthwhile program that builds leadership skills and enriches the lives of each participant. 

“Working with these young people is a real joy, to see them experiencing an important part of our national history and heritage for the first time and to know that something we are doing is making a difference in their lives,” she said.

During the week-long Youth Tour, the students learned about electric Cooperatives, visited Capitol Hill to meet Louisiana Senators and Representatives and had the unique chance to act as lobbyists and voice their concerns and pose their questions directly to lawmakers. 

Students also visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museum complex. 

During their trip, the Louisiana students also visited the Washington Monument the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Each year, Pointe Coupee Electric and Louisiana Generating cover all expenses to send delegates to the tour. Delegates truly appreciate the experience every year, and the 2016 delegates were no different. 

In personal, hand-written notes sent from the nation’s capital, all the Youth Tour winners expressed their thanks.

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