Students selected for Youth Tour of Washington D.C.

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Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative announced Feb. 28 that it selected four high school students and two alternates to take a Youth Tour 2013 Washington D.C. trip. From left are alternate JP Talty, Niceville High School; selectees Christopher Hammonds, Paxton High School, and Rachel Gold, Niceville High School; CHELCO Chief Executive Officer Steve Rhodes; selectees Brandon Engler, Baker School, and Devin Herrington, Freeport High School; and alternate Samantha Arvin, Collegiate High School.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Four local high school students have earned trips to Washington, D.C. as part of the nationally recognized Youth Tour education program hosted by America’s electric cooperative community.

The students are Rachel Gold, Niceville High School; Devin Herrington, Freeport High School; Brandon Engler, Baker High School; and Christopher Hammonds, Paxton High School.

Two alternates, Samantha Arvin, Collegiate High School, and JP Talty, Niceville High School, also were selected.

The Youth Tour program is sponsored locally by Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc., or CHELCO. It will cover the cost of sending the students to the nation’s capital from June 15-20.

In Washington, the local high school juniors and hundreds of others across the country served by electric cooperatives will be guests of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The itinerary includes meeting federal lawmakers and visiting the Smithsonian museums, among many other activities.

A standing ovation greeted the winners when they were announced at CHELCO’s annual Youth Tour banquet Feb. 28.

Three judges interviewed 17 contestants for the Washington trip. The students had 10 minutes each to impress the panel with their knowledge of CHELCO, the science of electricity, current affairs or other types of questions. Additional factors in winning were their poise and ability to communicate under pressure. 

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