• Jenna Engelken chosen for national Youth Leadership Council

    DHS student to represent Colorado/LPEA at NRECA training, annual meeting

    Jenna EngelkenDurango High School in-coming senior Jenna Engelken will represent Colorado on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC), selected for the honor by 28 of her peers from Colorado during the recent Washington D.C. Youth Tour. Engelken was one of four local students sponsored by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) for the D.C. Youth Tour.

    The Washington D.C. Youth Tour takes electric cooperative students to Washington D.C. to visit the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and national monuments, plus learn about the policy process and electric cooperatives. One Youth Tour delegate from each state is chosen to participate on the YLC. These students return to Washington D.C. in late July for a week of leadership training at the NRECA headquarters, and then represent their state at the NRECA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif., in February 2017.

    “I really wanted to be the Colorado delegate because having the chance to go to D.C. again and then to San Diego representing the great state of Colorado sounded amazing to me,” said Engelken.

    During the NRECA Annual Meeting, Engelken will work at the NRECA Congressional Action Center encouraging cooperative leaders to contact their Congressional representatives regarding co-op issues. She will also have educational forum opportunities and be recognized as Colorado’s representative before thousands of electric cooperative leaders from across the country.

    “I miss the friends I made from the trip to D.C. and can't wait to see them again,” said Engelken. “I have incredible memories that I will cherish forever.”

    At Durango High School, Engelken is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Varsity Tennis, DHS Band, DECA and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, among other activities. She plans to study in chemistry in college.

    The opportunity to participate in the Washington D.C. Youth Tour is open to all high school juniors, including home-schooled students, who receive their electric power from La Plata Electric Association. LPEA annually underwrites the cost of the trip for up to four students within its service territory.

    Applications for the 2017 Washington D.C. Youth Tour will be available in November 2016 at LPEA’s offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs, through area high school counselors, or online at www.lpea.coop.

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