ROCKINGHAM — Each summer, high schoolers from across the country spend a week in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour. And this June, Richmond Senior High School 10th-grader Kyle Goodwin will be one of them.
Having won the Pee Dee Electric competition, Goodwin will receive an all-expenses paid, week-long tour of the nation’s capital. While there, he’ll not only have the chance to network alongside a group of talented peers and grow his own leadership skills but also connect with members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation.
“I’m most looking forward to meeting representatives from North Carolina,” said Goodwin. “My plans are to one day attend a military academy. And, to do so, you must receive a letter of recommendation from one of the representatives in your area.”
Goodwin’s tour includes more than just meetings with Washington big wigs. He’ll also have the opportunity to take part in adventures like laying a flag at the Vietnam Memorial, visiting the Washington Monument and touring the Smithsonian.
“I’m very thankful I’ve received this opportunity,” added Goodwin.
In addition to currently taking three honors classes, Goodwin plays for the schools football, soccer and golf teams. He’s also a member of the Beta Club.
In order to qualify for the tour, students had to be a rising junior or senior and write a 150- to 300-word essay. Delegates were then selected based of their completed application, essay and in-person interview.