The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) made the decision to cancel the 2021 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour (also known as the Washington Youth Tour) amid concerns over COVID-19. For over 50 years, teens from rural America have been coming to Washington, D.C. on the “trip of a lifetime,” courtesy of Tri-County Electric and other local cooperatives, their state association, and NRECA.

“While we are disappointed this year’s students will not have the opportunity to experience the learning, fun and fellowship the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour provides, we agree that NRECA made the correct decision” said Paul Thompson, Executive V.P. & General Manager. “In an effort to still have a positive impact on our four short story winners, Tri-County Electric provided each with a $1,000 scholarship. Hopefully the youth tour will resume in 2022.”

Tri-County Electric’s 2021 Electric Youth Tour Winners:

Ellie Copas, Monroe County High School – overall winner & nominee for TECA scholarship

Camilla Copas, Red Boiling Springs High School

Cherokee Upton, Clay County High School

Mea Williams, Scottsville Allen County High School

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