A student from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts was chosen to participate in the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour Trip to Washington, D.C., by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives.
Aryiana Moore, a senior from Leesville, is sponsored by Beauregard Electric. She will travel to Washington, D.C., June 11-17.
“I was super excited when I found out I won the trip,” said Moore. “When I received the call, I was sitting in the CPT atrium with my friend and I started jumping up and down while silently screaming in celebration.
“I immediately called my mom to tell her the good news. Part of me couldn’t believe that I had actually won. It was an amazing surprise to say the least.”
Moore first learned about the opportunity through a newspaper when she was a freshman in high school, but was too young to apply at the time. She decided to apply because it seemed like a cool opportunity to tour Washington, D.C., for free.
According to Moore, applying was relatively easy. She had to write an essay on a chosen topic and e-mail it in along with her contact information. She also had to have a teacher that could verify that she did write the essay herself. This year’s topic was “What is the biggest issue facing today’s generation?”
“I am most looking forward to meeting a variety of elected representatives of our country,” she said.
Louisiana’s electric cooperatives send students to Washington for a number of reasons, including rewarding students for academic achievement through a writing contest; educating students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy; fostering students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; exposing students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; and building students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.
The Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.