PRECO Selects Students for Annual Washington, DC, Youth Tour Trip

Posted: February 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm
(from left) Abigail Callejas-Mejia and Ashleigh Koza will attend Youth Tour this summer

Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) has selected two local 11th graders to attend the national “Youth Tour to Washington DC” event this June. Abigail Callejas-Mejia of Mulberry High School and Ashleigh Koza of Durant High School in Plant City will join a group of about 30 students from other Florida electric cooperatives for this annual trip to the nation’s capital.

The weeklong Youth Tour takes place each summer, drawing more than 1,800 students from electric co-ops in 46 states. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), headquartered in Arlington, Va., has coordinated this event for over 50 years. “Youth Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime event for high school juniors,” explains Mark Sellers, PRECO communications coordinator. “Each year, PRECO send two students to Youth Tour all-expenses-paid.”

Callejas-Mejia and Koza will meet Florida legislators on Capitol Hill and visit many area points of interest, such as the White House, National Cathedral, Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, numerous war memorials and more. “Attendees also learn about the history of electric cooperatives and their importance in the local community,” adds Sellers.

To learn more about Youth Tour, visit and Peace River Electric Cooperative serves portions of Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota counties.