High school juniors invited to apply for youth tour to Washington, D.C.


By Indiana Reed

Special to The SUN

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), in partnership with The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), is seeking high school juniors to be a part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., set for June 9-16, 2016. Application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 6. All high school juniors whose households receive electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply.

“The Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., is unique to rural electric cooperatives across the country,” said Mike Dreyspring, LPEA CEO. “Annually, LPEA and our sister co-ops select and sponsor high school juniors for this all-expenses paid experience to our nation’s capitol. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we encourage our local high school students to apply.”

The Washington, D.C., youth tour features an intimate look at the federal government and the nation’s capitol, including museum and monument tours, as well as interaction with Colorado’s elected representatives. Social activities are also part of the adventure.

Area high school students Chloe Ciotti and Becca Schaldach of Durango, Chandler Jackson of Bayfield and Regan Richardson of Pagosa Springs represented LPEA as part of youth tour in 2015.

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