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Trico is accepting applications for 2016 Washington Youth Tour

If you're a high school junior looking for the trip of a lifetime, then the 2016 Washington Youth Tour (WYT) is the trip for you!

Imagine visiting our Nation's Capital for a week, along with more than 1,500 students from across the U.S.

The best part? It won't cost you a penny. As part of a strong commitment to community, Trico sponsors students on this exciting and educational adventure.

“This once-in-a-lifetime experience gave me a deeper respect and reverence for our Armed Forces, our public officials and our history,” said Jacob Acuna, a senior at Sahuarita High School who went on the 2015 WYT. “I will cherish the memories and bonds that I have made with truly amazing people that I would not have otherwise met had it not been for this trip.”

While touring, students will visit many of the area's major monuments and memorials – as well as stopping by Capitol Hill, where they'll meet with our state's senators and representatives.

“WYT was one of the most inspirational experiences I have ever had,” said Heather Newberry, a senior at Flowing Wells High School. “Washington, D.C., is such an incredible city with so much to see and learn about. I now feel like I know so much more about our nation’s history and how our government works. Words cannot express how much of a life-changing experience it was.”

But Youth Tour is so much more than sightseeing. Students spend every waking minute together for a week, and it’s not uncommon for lasting friendships to form.

“The Washington Youth Tour to me wasn’t just about seeing the sights,” Daniel Harris of Sahuarita said. “D.C. is one of the few places in the world where history comes to life. The tour, to me, was about learning and reinforcing all of the knowledge that I already have. As the then-Senator, and soon-to-be President, Lyndon B. Johnson said at the 1957 NRECA Annual Meeting, ‘If one thing comes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the National Capitol where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.’ The Youth Tour is here to help educate and strengthen the young adults and future leaders of America.”

Kanesa Gay of Sahuarita is the fourth member of her family to go on the WYT.

“I had an amazing time,” she said. “It was great to see all of the sites in person and to make such wonderful friends.”

Sharon Ramirez said one of her favorite experiences was the cruise on the Potomac because she met students from Georgia who exposed her to a whole new perspective of life in the South.

“WYT allowed me to create new friendships and explore a city that I had never seen before,” said Sharon, a senior at San Miguel High School. “Visiting D.C. taught me to embrace diverse perspectives of the world around me.”

The 2016 Washington Youth Tour will take place June 9–16, 2016. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2015. Click here to download an application.

Questions? Call 744-2944, x1363, or email mpugno@trico.coop.

For more information on the Washington Youth Tour, visit www.youthtour.coop or www.nreca.coop.

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