Henry Glynn participates in Nemaha-Marshall Electric Youth Tour

Henry Glynn participates in the Nemaha-Marshall Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Kimberly Broxterman

One student — Sabetha High School student Henry Glynn — from Nemaha-Marshall Electric Cooperative attended the 58th annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour with 1,800 peers from across the nation. The Youth Tour was held June 7 through 14. The participant was chosen through a multiple choice, true/false exam over electric cooperative knowledge and then evaluated by the board of trustees.

Glynn joined teens from across Kansas and Hawaii to spend a week touring Washington, D.C. There, these student leaders learned more about our history, our government, the co-op business model, and how to become community leaders.

“Youth Tour is an inspiring experience in itself, but the true inspiration I received this week was from my fellow delegates and chaperones,” Glynn said. “The amount of concentrated friendship and intense synergy we experienced together this week was absolutely shocking to me. I’ve never become so close with so many in such a short time, and I am inspired to be a friend to all. I want every week to be like youth tour week. The love I received this week inspired me to love just as genuinely.”

While in D.C., the students tour the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian museums, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral and many memorials and historical sites. The students also attended a professional baseball game, a theater performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and saw the pandas at the National Zoo.

“The trip was unexplainably impactful in so many ways, but the visions for my future I was able to imagine while touring our nation’s Capital will stay with me forever,” Glynn said. “The pure, unadulterated history of the city had a profound impact on me, spurring me onward in my search for a future college, career and place to call home.”

As part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s National Youth Day on June 11, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s keynote speaker was Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time world wheelchair basketball champion, who shared his inspiring message, “Just because you can’t stand up doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”

Kansas Electric Cooperatives, headquartered in Topeka, coordinates the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. KEC is the Kansas statewide service organization for 28 electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives. KEC functions for the mutual benefit of its members to promote rural electrification and foster the principles on which electric cooperatives were founded.

Nemaha-Marshall Electric Cooperative is proud to have sponsored students on this trip since the late 60s. To learn how you can participate in Nemaha-Marshall Electric’s Youth Tour program, contact Kimberly R. Broxterman at 785-736-2345. For more information about Youth Tour, visit http://www.youthtour.coop.

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