Thursday, June 20, 2019, chaperones from the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA), along with 17 high school students from across Nebraska returned from its annual Youth Tour of our Nation’s Capital.
Each year the NREA hosts the Tour providing rural high school students, representing their public power districts and electric cooperatives, the opportunity to see the sites of our Nation’s Capital first-hand. This year, Cuming County Public Power District’s representative was Charlie Dvorak. Charlie is from the Dodge area and was chosen to go to Washington D.C. after attending the Youth Energy Leadership Camp in July 2018. “My favorite activity during the NREA Youth Tour was at Gettysburg.” said Charlie, “The tour was very informative and the stories of “brother against brother” were intriguing to me.”
Dvorak says seeing Gettysburg was really moving.
Dvorak says another cool place to see was the Holocaust Museum.
He adds his favorite was the Smithsonian places.
Dvorak says his favorite Smithsonian Building was the American History one.
While on the Tour, students also visited Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and numerous historical sites and monuments around Washington, D.C. Participating students met with members of the Nebraska Congressional delegation and came together with 1,800 other rural high school students from across America for the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Day where they learned about political engagement, leadership, and the pressing issues facing the electric industry today.
Nicki White, CCPPD Communications Manager, stated: “Some students never get the chance to attend Washington D.C. so we are lucky that NREA has the Youth Tour program available. We are also fortunate that Cuming County Public Power District can sponsor one of the students that have attended Youth Energy Leadership Camp. They can learn so much in Washington D.C. about our government and visit many of the historic sites.”