Rising senior Ethan Furnish is one of five local youth representing Clark County in the annual Indiana
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. He was selected after submitting an essay to Clark County REMC and has been enjoying an all-inclusive seven-day trip to the nation’s capital, where he has met various government leaders, visited various monuments and museums, and attended a rally with more than 1,800 student delegates from across the country.
Ethan emailed this reflection from Washington, D.C.:
“It has been an honor to represent the Clark County REMC and Indiana on the National REMC Youth Tour! We started in Indianapolis, visiting our own state capitol to see how our government works before visiting D.C. to witness our federal government. While in the office of the Indiana Superintendent of
Education, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, I mentioned that I was from Providence. Immediately, she stopped and, being from Yorktown, fist bumped me and mentioned our volleyball rivalry. It was a comic moment in the state house.
“So far on the national tour, we have visited historic Gettysburg and the moving Flight 93 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania, and we have now spent two days in D.C. We joined more than 1,800 high school youth at the REMC rally, hearing speaker Mike Schlappi, an Olympic gold medalist, who shared a message of hope and perseverance. Tomorrow, we are visiting the U.S. Capitol, where we will meet with all nine Indiana U.S. Representatives and both U.S. Senators. I have the honor of introducing Sen. Todd Young, for whom I interned in the 2016 Senate race.
“I want to thank the Clark County REMC for giving me this amazing opportunity. I have had a fantastic experience thus far, and can’t wait to see what D.C. holds for our group.”