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LaGrange County REMC looking for delegate to send on youth tour

High school juniors have a chance to join other Indiana youth on a trip of a lifetime. Applications are now available for the 2012 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The trip begins on June 13 in Indianapolis and ends on June 21.

According to Mark Leu, CEO of LaGrange County REMC, the Indiana delegation will include approximately 75 students from throughout the state, each selected by his or her local cooperative. In 2011, over 1,550 students from around the country were in Washington for the conference.

“LaGrange CountyREMCis pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for local students,” Leu stated. “It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sights, make new friends and learn how everyone, even young people, can be a leader and make a difference in the world.”

The Indiana delegation will meet in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 13, to get acquainted and hear from Indiana legislative leaders during a kick-off dinner featuring Senator Dan Coats and Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma. Before departing heading east, students will visit the Hoosier Training Center in Franklin, Ind., where they will participate in hands-on learning sessions simulating an electric lineman’s job, observe a pole-top rescue, learn about electric safety during a live wire demonstration presented by Kankakee Valley REMC, and much more.

New for this year, students and chaperones will make a stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn., on their way to Gettysburg where they will visit the battlefield and museum. The caravan will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon to begin a full schedule of sightseeing, visits to national memorials – including the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – a collection of museums, such as the Newseum and the National Archives, plus a night cruise on the Potomac River and a trip back in history at Medieval Times. Students will also have an opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and the Youth Leadership Council.

Indiana’s electric cooperatives have hosted the youth tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry.

For more information about the 2011 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., or to receive an application, contact Member Services Manager Sherryl Rhinesmith at 260-463-7165 or visit the website at Applications are due at LaGrange County REMC by March 2.