Woodruff Electric Announces Youth Tour 2022 Winners 

Woodruff Electric announces that Griffin Witcher of Cherry Valley, a junior at Cornerstone Homeschool Academy, and Talia Burton of Forrest City, a junior at Forrest City High School, will be participating in the 2022 Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. in June, according to Michael Swan, President/CEO of Woodruff Electric Cooperative.

Swan announced that Griffin and Talia were the winners of an essay-writing contest to determine the local cooperative’s representatives on the Youth Tour. The essay topic this year was “Describe how electric cooperatives operate based on the seven cooperative principles. Tell which of the seven cooperative principles you think is the most important and why?”  “This is a tremendous opportunity for Griffin and Talia,” Swan said. “The trip is all-expenses paid and will involve 40 other youth from across Arkansas.”

Between June 17 and June 23, the group will visit historic sites, such as Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. Capitol. Youth Tour delegates will also visit with members of the Arkansas congressional delegation. The students will participate in special programs developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national organization of electric cooperatives that coordinates the Youth Tour.

Each of Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives will select representatives for the Youth Tour, primarily through essay contests, speech contests and interviews.  Those winners will join approximately 1,800 youth from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for the Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. Youth Tour will follow pandemic travel guidelines set by the airlines, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.


Griffin Witcher

Talia Burton