• High school juniors invited to apply for Youth Tour to Washington D.C.


    National Rural Electric Youth Tour set for June 13-20, 2013

    DURANGO, Colo. - 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 13-20, 2013. Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. 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 Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Annually, LPEA and our sister co-ops select and sponsor high school juniors for this all-expense 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.

    “The country is truly facing tremendous challenges in the energy industry, so it’s important that our next generation has a clear understanding about energy policy development at the federal level,” added Munro.

    LPEA seeks to sponsor one student from each municipality within its service territory – Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Ignacio. Home school students are also eligible.

    “To be considered, students must complete the D.C. Youth Tour application and submit it to LPEA, along with an essay of 500 words or less about any aspect of the electric energy industry,” said Jeannie Bennett, LPEA public relations coordinator overseeing the Youth Tour application process.

    Applicants will be evaluated on their essays and those selected will be notified after the holidays. Applications are available on the LPEA web site, www.lpea.coop, from high school counselors, and at the LPEA offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs. For further information regarding the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C., contact Jeannie Bennett, 970.382.3505 or jbennett@lpea.coop.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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