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2022 Youth Tour Delegates

First Electric has selected four delegates to represent the co-op on the 2022 Youth Tour, an all expenses-paid
educational trip to Washington D.C.

Ashton Burgess of Perryville, Eli Coleman of Sherwood, John Kirby of Cabot, and Carrington Thompson of
Humphrey will explore the nation's capital June17-23 with delegates from the other Arkansas electric

They will join 1,500 students from across the United states in the nation's capital.  During the the trip,
they'll learn about electric cooperatives; tour historic sites, monuments and museums; and meet members
of the Arkansas congressional delegation.



Since the 2021 Youth Tour had to go virtual, we are so excited to announce that the “trip of a lifetime” is back on in 2022! 

Applicants must be high school juniors during the 2021-2022 school year, and their parents or guardians must be First Electric members. Deadline to apply was April 1. After reviewing applications, First Electric will select applicants for interviews to determine the winners. 

Winners of the 2022 Youth Tour each will receive an all-expense-paid trip to tour our nation’s capital June 17-23 and a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. 

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Last year’s participants representing First Electric were: 

Chloe Miller of Cabot
Cabot High School

Payton Dumas of Bauxite
Bauxite High School

Evan Cates of Perryville
Perryville High School

This virtual experience consisted of:

  • Learning about electric cooperatives and the cooperative business model;
  • Hearing from lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the Arkansas State Capitol;
  • Hearing from Arkansas business, education and faith leaders on the pandemic and related processes in Arkansas;
  • Electing a Youth Leadership Council representative to NRECA's YLC program;
  • Interacting with each other virtually; and
  • Learning how students could earn a $5,000 college scholarship by planning and executing a public service project in the local community. (Students will not be required to perform a project to participate in Youth Tour.)

The virtual experience was conducted via Zoom. Winners of the 2021 Youth Tour each received a laptop computer.

First Electric’s Youth Tour delegates, Evan Cates of Perryville and Chloe Miller of Cabot, each won a $5,000 scholarship for their community service projects from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Cates dedicated 45 hours to restore and clean 20 headstones at the Ada Valley Cemetery. His project inspired others to clean grave markers in accordance with Cemetery Conservators Standards and make the project a long-term effort in the Ada Valley community.

Miller organized a Cabot Public Schools tennis fundraiser that benefited Lonoke County Safe Haven which provides shelter for those affected by domestic violence. Her 30-hour project involved 20 team members, food vendors, entertainment and videography which was a success despite many challenges.