Central Electric Cooperative 2022 Washington Youth Tour Winners Selected

Erica Capson

Central Electric Cooperative 2022 Washington Youth Tour Winners Selected

After a two-year hiatus, Central Electric Cooperative proudly resumes the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour for high school juniors. This year’s winners, Erica Capson and Morgan Shaw, are from Ridgeview High School.

“These students are leaders, both inside and outside the classroom,” says Brent ten Pas, CEC director of member and public relations. “We know this trip to Washington, D.C. will provide valuable, life-long experiences for these students and help equip them to become community leaders in the future.”

A musician, thespian, small businesswoman, and scholar-athlete, Capson is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Drama Club, and the RVHS Choir. She is also a member of the high school’s cross country and lacrosse teams. Outside of school, Capson enjoys knitting various items for her business, Homemade by Knit Wit, spending time with family, and planning youth activities for her church through the Stake Youth Council.

Morgan Shaw

A 4.3 student, Shaw is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Sparrow Club, and Leadership at RVHS. She is a competitive ski racer and runs cross country when not in the classroom. Shaw also loves to volunteer in the community, including helping the elderly at a local retirement home or mentoring elementary students through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Both Capson and Shaw are thrilled to participate in the Youth Tour program. “I’m excited for the unique opportunity to meet new people and see the history of my country,” says Capson. “I hope to be able to see the various war memorial sites and museums that Washington has to offer.”

Shaw is eager to visit various sites, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  “I am excited to be part of Youth Tour because of the opportunities and the life experience it will provide me,” she says. “Visiting Washington D.C. will give me exposure to the global capitol of freedom and opportunity that I couldn’t get in any other way.”

The Washington Youth Tour is a program offered by electric cooperatives throughout the nation to high school juniors from their co-op membership. Participants receive an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital and learn about the nation’s history with visits to the Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian. In addition, students not only meet with other participants their age from across the nation, but they also get the opportunity to discuss current issues with Congressional representatives and senators.