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EnerStar Electric sends students to Youth Day

State Representative Brad Halbrook recently met with two local high school students representing EnerStar Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day in Springfield. Bethanny Lawson of Paris and Chase Mayne of Martinsville, along with about 210 other students from around Illinois, had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. They also were invited into the office of Secretary of State Jesse White. 

During lunch, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti addressed students and chaperones. Sanguinetti discussed her humble beginnings and being encouraged to not allow her background to limit her future. With her passion for volunteerism in local communities, she challenged students, “you never know where life may take you. Volunteer, make a difference. If not you, then who?” Illinois State Fair Manager Luke Sailer, a former Illinois Youth Leadership Council representative, challenged the students to take an interest in the political process and stressed how important their voices and actions are. He encouraged them to “take a leap of faith and work hard, and doors will open for you and your future.” 

Faye Yang, the 2017-18 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experiences on the Youth to Washington tour and challenged attendees to maintain an interest in their cooperatives and the political process. After lunch, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

In June, Lawson and Mayne will both represent EnerStar at the weeklong Youth to Washington trip. Applications for this opportunity will be posted on the co-op’s website in the fall with a Dec. 31 deadline for the following year’s trip. For more information about Youth to Washington, contact EnerStar’s Kelly McCrocklin at 800-635-4145.

ABOVE: Pictured with Representative Brad Halbrook are students Bethanny Lawson of Paris and Chase Mayne of Martinsville. Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. There were 24 co-ops from across the state represented at the event.

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