High school juniors in LaGrange County REMC’s service area have a chance to join other Indiana youth on a trip of a lifetime this summer. Applications are now available for the 2013 Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The trip begins on June 12 in Indianapolis and ends on June 20.
According to LaGrange County REMC CEO Mark Leu, the Indiana delegation will include over 75 students from across the state, each selected by his or her local cooperative. Hoosier students will travel to Washington, D.C. where they will join nearly 1,600 students – representing 44 states – for the Rural Electric Youth Tour Rally, sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
“LaGrange County REMCis pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for local students,” Leusaid. “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 his or her community – and the world!”
The Indiana delegation will meet in Indianapolis on June 12 to get acquainted and learn about electric cooperatives and electrical safety. Students will also enjoy a kickoff dinner at the Indiana Statehouse featuring a keynote address from a prominent political and/or business leader.
The student group will make its first stop on Thursday afternoon at the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn., before arriving in Gettysburg, Penn., later that evening. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle, this year students will spend two days touring battlefield sites, visiting the wax museum, and viewing “Fields of Freedom” – a short film providing an in-depth look at the war’s most famous battle. Following dinner Friday night at the Dobbin House Tavern built in 1776, students and chaperones will hear an historic account of what it was like to live in Gettysburg during what many consider to be the bloodiest three days in American history.
The caravan will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon to begin a full schedule of sightseeing, visits to the 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.
On Tuesday, students will visit Capitol Hill and participate in exclusive meetings with Indiana’s Congressional delegation and legislative staff. During the meetings, students will have a chance to ask questions about current issues and topics which they feel are important to them, their family and the communities in which they live.
Indiana’s electric cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital, develop their leadership skills, and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry. For more information about the 2013 Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., or to receive an application, contact Sherryl Rhinesmith at 260-463-7165 or visit the website at www. lagrangeremc/programs. Deadline for applications is Feb. 22.
LaGrange County REMC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative that serves reliable electric power to nearly 7,000 members in LaGrange County and areas bordering in Elkhart, Noble, and Steuben counties.