Colorado students kick off youth tour with Tri-State visit

Twenty-five Colorado high school students were at Tri-State’s headquarters Thursday to learn about electricity and electric co-ops. The students, who hail from areas served by electric cooperatives throughout the state, are on their way to Washington, D.C. to take part in the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

Jonathan Thornton, Tri-State strategic communication specialist, provided an overview of electric cooperatives to youth tour participants.

While at Tri-State, the students participated in a “co-op 101” presentation and put their newly gained knowledge to the test with a group project involving the construction of a miniature electric cooperative system. The group also spent time in downtown Denver, touring the state capitol and seeing the sights of the city.

While visiting their nation’s capital city, the students will gain further insight into the roles electric cooperatives play in their communities and a personal understanding of American history and their roles as citizens. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for this unique opportunity and are selected for the program by their local electric cooperatives.

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