Washington Youth Tour

Black River sends three on Washington Youth Tour

Black River sent three rising high school seniors to Washington, D.C. in June for the annual Washington Youth Tour.  After a rigorous application process, judges selected Alex Blum, Breanna Boykin and Travis Johnson to attend the week-long event.

Our students joined close to 70 other students representing South Carolina’s electric cooperatives and participated in many activities during their five-day stay.  The group visited several landmarks and museums including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, and the Museum of the Marine Corps.

The students also participated in an evening boat cruise on the Potomac River and an all-states dinner and dance party which hosted more than 1,700 students representing 44 states.

One of the most memorable activities was Capitol Hill Day, where students split up based on congressional delegations and visited their congressmen.  At the conclusion of the visits, students got exclusive staff-led tours of the Capitol.

The 2019 Washington Youth Tour was a great event and everybody felt like a family by the end of the week.  After emotional goodbyes, the students returned home for the summer. Many of them are now completing projects for the R.D. Bennett Community Service Scholarship.  The individual with a community service project that makes the biggest impact on his or her community will be awarded $5,000 toward college.

If you or somebody you know is interested in representing Black River on the 2020 Washington Youth Tour (June 20-25), click here for a copy of the application: application-2020 (7) .   To be eligible, you must be a high school junior and your parent(s) or guardian must be a current member of Black River Electric Cooperative. We will also send three students – either sophomores or juniors – on a Cooperative Youth Summit trip to Columbia, SC, July 7-10, 2020.  Please use the same application (link highlighted above) for this great trip.