Roland-Story high school student selected for Iowa Youth Tour

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Roland-Story high school student selected for Iowa Youth Tour

Kenia Vazquez, a junior at Roland-Story High School, has been selected as one of two area youth to represent Midland Power and our region on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-16, 2016. After submitting her application, Kenia received a packet of materials to help her learn about Midland Power and rural electric cooperatives. Applicants were invited to a personal interview in Webster City, Iowa. Winners were selected based on their knowledge of electric cooperatives and their interview.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. They believe that students should see their nation’s capital up close, learn about the political process and interact with their elected officials. The featured speakers during “Youth Day” provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Participants selected to take the Youth Tour trip will have the opportunity to explore some of our nation’s most significant historic sites, learn about electric cooperatives and see government in action. Students will gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting with their Representative and Senators. They also will meet 1,600 young people from across the nation. It will be a fun-filled and educational week that participants will never forget!

Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. Some of the Youth Tour alumni have gone on to design airplanes, to lead companies and to serve in the highest ranks of our government, including the U.S. Senate. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. While several Youth Tour alumni work in Washington, you will find even more alumni right in your own community.