Five area high school sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors will win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 17-24, 2022, in an annual contest sponsored by Adams Electric Cooperative and Adams Telephone Co-Operative.
Interested students must complete a short answer application. After reviewing all applications, judges from each cooperative will select up to 34 applicants to represent the cooperatives at Illinois Electric and Telephone Youth Day in Springfield on March 29, 2022. Participants will visit with legislators, tour the old capitol building and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
At the conclusion of Youth Day, judges from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives will interview the applicants. Three winners will be selected to represent Adams Electric Cooperative and two winners will be selected to represent Adams Telephone Co-Operative for an 8-day all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. One alternate will be named for each cooperative incase one of the winners is unable to attend.
The five winners of Youth Day will spend one week in Washington, D.C., visiting places of historical interest, as well as members of Congress, and getting a firsthand view of our government in action. Students will also learn more about the important role cooperatives play in our nation.
This year marks the 61st year of the Youth to Washington program. Adams Electric Cooperative has been sending students to Washington, D.C. since 1959. Adams Telephone joined the program in 2004. Today, approximately 2,000 students from 43 cooperatives across the United States meet at our nation’s capital each summer. The 2022 Youth to Washington winners will be announced following Youth Day in Springfield.
The application can be found here or by calling one of the cooperatives. For more information about the Youth to Washington program, contact Laura Bergman at Adams Electric Cooperative at (800) 232-4797 or Bridgette Northern at Adams Telephone Co-Operative at (877) 696-4611.