Three 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. Interested students from local schools completed a short answer application. Typically, students would attend Youth Day in Springfield joining students from across the State. However, due to Covid, Youth Day was cancelled. This year, a judge from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives will interview students over Zoom. A total of 11 students will compete.
Three winners will be selected to represent Adams Electric Cooperative. One alternate will be selected to attend the tour if one of the winners is unable to attend. Winners will spend one week in Washington, D.C., visiting places of historical interest, meeting members of Congress, and learning about cooperatives.
Local students competing are: Olivia East, Aria Seneczko, and Alea VanDeVelde of Central; Akeila Stroud of Liberty; Lauren Brinkman and Karah Mock of Payson Seymour; Hunter Hildebrand and Owen Zanger of Quincy Senior High; Madison White of Rushville-Industry; and Andrea Schaffnit and Annabelle Schaffnit of Unity. (No applications were received from Brown County, Griggsville/Perry, Meredosia/Chambersburg, Quincy Notre Dame, Southeastern, or Warsaw High Schools.)
This year marks the 61st year of the Youth to Washington program. Adams Electric has been sending students to Washington, D.C. since 1959. Approximately 2,000 students from 42 co-ops across the United States participate each summer. For more information about Youth Tour, contact Laura Bergman at (800) 232-4797.