Skip to main content

Local students attend the 2024 Montgomery Youth Tour and compete for trip to D.C.

Covington Electric Cooperative recently sponsored 12 juniors from each high school that it serves, to attend the 2024 Montgomery Youth Tour on March 13-15. Students were selected last fall through an essay competition held at their schools.

The CEC Youth Tour delegates joined approximately 130 students from across the state for the Montgomery Youth Tour which included tours of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Alabama State House, Civil Rights Museum, and the Legacy Museum. The trip also included team-building activities to learn about cooperatives, an exciting interactive session with nationally known speaker Craig Hiller, and guest speaker former Congresswoman Martha Roby.

CEC’s Montgomery Youth Tour participants had the opportunity to compete on March 21, to win four slots on the national Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., in June. The competition included a test on co-op history and facts, as well as a panel interview. Orrin Douglas of Straughn, Sara Catherine Sansom of Pleasant Home, Marli Rolling of Straughn, and Bryan Spivey of Samson, were selected as CEC’s 2024 Washington Youth Tour delegates. Audrey Ward of Straughn was chosen as the first alternate.

“It’s hard to explain the value of what students gain by participating in the Youth Tour program because it’s so varied,” says Patty S. Seay, CEC’s youth tour coordinator. “They make new friends and feel empowered to step outside of their comfort zones. Students really embrace the experience that Youth Tour provides, and it’s rewarding to see their confidence grow in such a short period of time. I wish more students would apply for this opportunity when it’s made available to them their junior year in high school,” she added.

The purpose of the Youth Tour is to inform young people about how cooperatives benefit their members, learn about government and history, enhance leadership skills, and meet other young people from across the state and nation while visiting historical sites and landmarks.


(CEC’s Montgomery Youth Tour delegates visit the Alabama State House)

High school juniors from schools served by Covington Electric Cooperative attended the 2024 Montgomery Youth Tour on March 13-15. The Alabama State House is one of many stops during the three-day leadership conference. Pictured from left, row one; Laken White (Kinston), Audrey Ward (Straughn), Natiya Marshall (Brantley) and Zoey Phillips (Red Level). From left, row two; Era Grace Lowry (Pleasant Home), Aubrie Mock (Samson), Sara Catherine Sansom (Pleasant Home) and Marli Rolling (Straughn). From left, row three; Ben Rios (Brantley), Drew Branch (Kinston), Orrin Douglas (Straughn), and Bryan Spivey (Samson).

 (CEC holds Youth Tour Awards Luncheon in conjunction with their Washington Youth Tour Interview Competition)

On March 21, CEC honored its 2024 Montgomery Youth Tour delegates with an awards luncheon at its main office in Sanford. The co-op also held an interview competition to select this year’s Washington Youth Tour winners. The 2024 Washington Youth Tour winners are Orrin Douglas (Straughn), Sara Catherine Sanson (Pleasant Home), Marli Rolling (Straughn) and Bryan Spivey (Samson).