‘An amazing trip that I will always remember’

Walters returns from Dawson PPD-sponsored tour of Washington D.C.

Mitchell Walters stands in front of the United States Capitol Building

Mitchell Walters stands in front of the United States Capitol Building

North Platte High School student Mitchell Walters was nominated to represent Dawson Public Power District on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
Walters was one of 19 high school-aged students from across Nebraska chosen by their local electric utility. The group was chaperoned by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association. Dawson PPD is a member of the NREA.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour provides about 1,500 rural high school-aged students across the United States the opportunity to learn about the electric utility industry and tour the nation’s capital while representing their public power districts and electric cooperatives.

The week-long event, held in early June, included participants meeting with members of the Nebraska Congressional delegation and attending the NRECA Youth Day to learn about political engagement, leadership and the pressing issues facing the electric industry today.

Below is Mitchell’s comments about his trip:

“I was chosen to participate in the 2018 NREA Youth Tour in Washington D.C. thanks to Dawson Public Power and the Nebraska Rural Electric Association. Eighteen other students and I spent eight days touring Washington D.C. It was an amazing trip that I will always remember.

While in D.C., I visited many places that some people may never get a chance to visit in their lifetime. We saw most of the monuments and memorials around the city, such as those dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., Iwo Jima, the Vietnam War, President Lincoln and many more. We visited places like the United States Capitol building, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the Library of Congress. Some of the most interesting places that I visited were the Gettysburg Battlefield and the Holocaust Museum. Seeing places of such tragedy was very eye-opening.

I will never forget this outstanding trip or the friends that I made. One of the many things that I brought back with me from this trip was the understanding of a different lifestyle other than that of central Nebraska. Living in North Platte seems like such the “simple life” compared to the east coast city of Washington D.C. It was an opportunity I’ve never experienced.

I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to Dawson Public Power and NREA for giving me the opportunity to go on this trip of a lifetime.”

– Mitchell Walters


August 2018


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