HCHS’s Hallie Miles selected to attend Washington Youth Tour
Each year, Kenergy selects three high school juniors to attend the Washington Youth Tour. A team of Kenergy-area judges selected students based on their academic resume and a 500-1,000 word essay on the subject of their choice.
Hallie Miles, Junior at Hancock County High School, won one of the scholarships. Hallie’s essay was about falcons and birds of prey. When asked why she chose this topic, she said, “Ever since I visited the raptor rehabilitation center in Louisville, I have been obsessed.” Hallie has helped release a red-tailed hawk onto her property with her uncle, Bill Persons. Since then, the hawk has been nesting and raising chicks only an acre away from her home.
The delegates will travel to Frankfort later this month and then to Washington, D.C. for an all-expense paid trip in June. The week-long trip will allow students to learn about leadership, the cooperative model, and also explore the U.S. Capitol. Delegates will tour places like Gettysburg, the Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, the FBI Building, the National Zoo, Library of Congress, and U.S. Capitol to visit with Kentucky’s congressional delegation. More than 1,500 students from across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has been coordinating this program since the 1950s.
Hallie is currently attending early college at OCTC through Hancock County Schools. She is considering a career as a wildlife veterinarian. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Miles, of Hawesville, and George Miles III, of Lewisport, as well as the granddaughter of Chuck & Terry Persons, of Hawesville, and George Miles, Jr. & Charla Wade, of Owensboro.