Taylor Bates (2nd from the right), a rising senior at Northwood Academy, was a member of a group of students who traveled to Washington, D.C. in June 2011 as part of Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s Washington Youth Tour. The tour has sent outstanding high school seniors to our nation’s capital since the late 1950’s. This year 47 students and seven chaperones made the trip from South Carolina and joined over 1,500 other students from across the country.
Taylor was one of two students who represented BEC on the all-expense paid trip. The trip educates students about our nation’s Capitol, the sacrifices made for our freedoms, and the value of the cooperative way of business. The students come home from the trip with a greater appreciation of our nation’s leaders, a respect for the beauty of Washington, D.C. and friendships that will last a lifetime.
While in Washington, Taylor spent a day on Capitol Hill, visiting with 1st Congressional Representative Tim Scott and meeting Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham. The students visited the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial wall, several Smithsonian museums, the Holocaust Museum, and Mount Vernon. They also attended a play at the Kennedy Center and enjoyed a boat cruise on the Potomac River.
—Barbara Bates (yes, the proud grandmother and Goose Creek 9/12 organizer)