Ally Demott poses in front of the Capitol Building. Demott was one of the 102 high school students from Missouri who attended Youth Tour.
In June 2017, 102 soon-to-be high school seniors from Missouri were sent on a “trip of a lifetime” by their local electric cooperatives. The talented teenagers gathered in Jefferson City before traveling to Washington, D.C. for the annual Youth Tour. The delegation joined more than 1,800 other youth in the nation’s capital making this the largest Youth Tour ever.
The Missouri delegation kept plenty busy with stops at numerous historic sites including Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Ford’s Theater, Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon, and many more. The group was able to take in the opening night performance of “The Sound of Music” at the Kennedy Center as well.
The delegates spent their final day in D.C. on Capitol Hill where they engaged their elected leaders in Congress. “It was incredible.” said Demott. “Especially since it was the morning Congressman Scalise was injured, my group just happened to be in the House Chamber that afternoon. We had the privilege of hearing Paul Ryan give a speech on the incident.”
This year marked the 54th consecutive summer that Missouri’s electric cooperatives brought together some of the best and brightest and sent them to Washington. Demott was sponsored by Atchison-Holt Electric Cooperative.
If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the 2018 Youth Tour, June 8-14.  If you would like more information on the 2018 Youth Tour, please contact Afton Schomburg at (660) 744-5344 or aschomburg@ahec.coop.