The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Washington Youth Tour amid concerns over COVID-19. The event presented by the state’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives takes more than 130 high school juniors from across the state to Washington, D.C., each summer to learn about history, leadership and public policy.
“We are heartbroken to make this announcement, but the health, safety and well-being of our delegates are our primary concerns,” says Todd Blocker, vice president of member services and Tennessee’s Washington Youth Tour director. “Youth Tour includes visits to the most historically significant and meaningful places in our nation. With large crowds common, TECA is unable to fully protect students from exposure. This creates a risk we are simply not willing to take.”
“We are mourning the connections that will not be formed, the opportunities that will not be realized and the memories that will not be made,” says Tina Morris, communications and community outreach specialist at Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation.
In lieu of the trip, STEMC will be giving “trip” winners $1,500 scholarships in the form of Tennessee Stars 529 accounts to be used to continue their education.
Jessie Brooks, Munford High School
Rebekah Callahan, Munford High School
Mia Prince, Trinity Christian Academy
Kaylee Snider, Trinity Christian Academy
Rilee Kat Vest, Chester County High School
Halle Webb, South Side High School
Ayden Williams, Munford High School
Samantha Carlisle, Munford High School
Katlyn Davis, Chester County High School
Timmicka Falls, Madison Academic Magnet High
Jackson Moody, Trinity Christian Academy
Anna Thorne, Trinity Christian Academy
Lillith Turner, North Side High School
Sarah Wilson, Madison Academic Magnet High