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EnerStar Electric students join national electric co-op Youth to Washington Tour

 Pictured from left – Jerad Lawson, Congressman John Shimkus and Dylan Herrington.What do you get when 62 students from 26 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives join 1,800 of their peers across the U.S.? You get the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth to Washington Tour!

Two students from EnerStar Electric service territory, Dylan Herrington of Dennison and Jerad Lawson of Paris, were selected to represent their co-op and enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 14-21 as part of the annual Youth Tour. 

The students toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Representative John Shimkus. They visited historical and cultural sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, President Lincoln’s Cottage at First National Cemetery, and many memorials. Other activities included an assembly of more than 1,800 Youth Tour participants from across the nation and a special farewell event at the Newseum, scheduled to close later this year. 

“Youth Tour is a great opportunity that changes these students’ lives,” says Mike Clark, EnerStar President/CEO. “This experience helps prepare them for their futures. After touring our nation’s capital, meeting congressional representatives and learning firsthand how our government works, they return home with valuable knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Applications for the 2020 Youth Tour will be available at in November.

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