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February 15, 2013

LaGrange County REMC offers chance at 8-day trip to D.C.

The deadline for high school juniors to apply to the 2013 Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., is Feb. 22.

The trip begins on June 12 in Indianapolis and ends on June 20.

According to Mark Leu, chief executive officer of LaGrange County REMC, the Indiana delegation will include more than 75 students from across the state, each selected by his/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.  

“LaGrange County REMC is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for local students,” Leu said.  “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/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 kick-off dinner at the Indiana Statehouse featuring a keynote address from a prominent political and/or business leader.  

The student group makes its first stop on Thursday afternoon at the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., before arriving in Gettysburg, Pa., 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 arrives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon to begin a full schedule of sight-seeing, 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.

For more information about the tour or to receive an application, contact Sherryl Rhinesmith at 260-463-7165 or visit REMC’s website www.lagrangeremc/programs.

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