Two to represent HEC at 2010 Youth Tour

Two Horry County students will be among more than 1,500 high school seniors visiting Washington, D.C. in June for the 46th Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by Horry Electric Cooperative and hundreds of other electric cooperatives across the country.

Peter Barfield and Aimi Nguyen will be representing Horry Electric Cooperative.  The two were selected on the basis of their performance on a test administered by the Cooperative, a personal interview, school activities and community service. A total of 21 students from all across Horry County participated in the competition.

Barfield is a student at Aynor High School and Nguyen is a student at Socastee High School. In the event either of them are unable to take part, two alternates were also selected.  Hart Zwing, a student at Myrtle Beach High School and Austin Charles, a student at Socastee High School also performed well in the competition.

“Horry Electric is proud to offer these extraordinary students the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C.,” said James P. “Pat” Howle, Horry’s CEO. “The Youth Tour provides a great way for our future leaders to learn about government and electric cooperatives. By investing in these students, we believe we are investing in the future of our communities.”

 South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have sponsored the Washington Youth Tour since 1964. The event is designed to educate students about our nation’s capital, the sacrifices made for our freedoms, and the value of the cooperative way of business. The students will spend their week gaining a  greater appreciation of our nation’s leaders, learning a new respect for the beauty of Washington, D.C., and forging friendships that will last a lifetime.

In addition to receiving an exciting and educational travel opportunity, Youth Tour winners also are eligible to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship and a slot on the Youth Leadership Council, made up of one delegate from each of the 47 states where electric cooperatives are located.

 While in Washington, the South Carolina students will spend a day on Capitol Hill, visiting with their congressional representatives and witnessing government in action. They will visit the new World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial wall, several Smithsonian museums, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon, among other historical sites.

All high school juniors in Horry County are eligible to apply for the two available Youth Tour representative positions each year.  Applications for the 2011 Youth Tour will be available early in the year through South Carolina Living magazine, through school guidance offices and at the Cooperative’s office locations in Socastee and Conway.  The Youth Tour Coordinator for Horry Electric Cooperative is Toni Gore.

To find out more about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, visit or visit

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