Kylee Brockman from Mohave and Madyson Smith from River Valley earned the top spots among ten competing participants to represent Mohave Electric Cooperative in the week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2016. The 2016 tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) marks the 52nd year offered by the NRECA and the 25th year Mohave Electric Cooperative has sponsored local students. Nearly 50,000 students have experienced the life changing opportunity, many of whom have gone on to high ranking careers in engineering, public service and government – including the U.S. Senate, stemming from their Youth Tour experience.
Brockman is the daughter of Marty and Michele Brockman of Bullhead City and Smith is the daughter of Tanya and Jamie Smith of Fort Mohave. Evan Bruehl, son of Melanie and Rudy Bruehl of Bullhead City was selected as an alternate.
Brockman and Smith will join more than 1,700 students from electric cooperatives across the nation for the Youth Tour program to experience the nation’s capital up close and personal by visiting historical sites, gaining an understanding of the workings of our country’s government and meeting government representatives. It’s an opportunity for students to meet new friends and develop life-long relationships as well as experience history in a manner that their history books cannot.
The Mohave-sponsored contest was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Mohave Electric Cooperative. Ten semi-final contestants were chosen to advance to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications.
The next phase of the competition required participants to research an assigned topic related to energy or the cooperative business model then present a speech based on their topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the cooperative business model and values, just to name a few. A panel of four local community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria including content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.
Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed capital credits with no expense to the cooperative and is made available as part of Mohave’s commitment to community.
Photo caption: 2016 Washington D.C. Youth Tour winners Kylee Brockman and Madyson Smith with Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Energy Management Specialist, Steve Bouman (left) and Lori Fonzi, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator (left).