Youth Tour: A trip of a lifetime

Posted on Jul 26 2017 in Miami-Cass REMC

Miami-Cass REMC sent two students on the 2017 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. They were, from left, Andrew Baker and Ashley Rouch.

Andrew Baker of Peru High School and Ashley Rouch of North Miami High School represented Miami-Cass REMC on the 2017 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The high school seniors-to-be gained a personal understanding of American history, their roles as citizens and insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Indiana’s electric cooperatives have been providing the opportunity since 1960.

Rouch said of the trip, “When I was first approached about applying for the Youth Tour, I said ‘no.’ Of course, a paid and fun-filled trip to Washington, D.C., sounded awesome, but I was terrified of not knowing anyone else who was going. I decided it was time to get out of my comfort zone and I am very glad I did, because I met many great people who became my friends and together we had a blast. A few of my favorite places we visited during the trip were the Lincoln and World War II memorials, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. I also really enjoyed going to the Washington Nationals baseball game. It was a week full of memory making and fun, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”

Baker said of the trip, “This was an amazing opportunity to learn more about not only our nation, but our nation’s capital. I enjoyed visiting the many museums and especially enjoyed the Holocaust Museum. I had the opportunity to meet many new people, and these connections will last a lifetime. This was a great opportunity that I would do again, and I urge everyone to experience it. A special shout out to Miami-Cass REMC for providing me with this amazing trip and also to the chaperones who made the trip not only possible, but exciting.”

Applications for the 2018 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., will be available in early 2018.