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OTEC announces winners of 2018 Washington, D.C., Youth Tour

Every summer, high school student leaders from across the United States travel to the nation’s capital for the National Rural Electric Co-op Association’s Washington, D.C., Youth Tour.

And when the event kicks off in June, four Eastern Oregon students will be in attendance. Baker High School’s Jayme Ramos, Grant Union High School’s Madison McKrola, Silvies River Charter School’s Chase Wilcox and Imbler High School’s Gracey Smith have been selected to represent Oregon Trail Electric Co-op for a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 2018 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. 

OTEC’s 2018 Youth Tour delegates will represent Oregon and the Northwest as they join nearly 2,000 students from across the United States for a once in a lifetime trip to our nation’s capital. The trip will be held from June 7-14, 2018. 

Over the course of the tour, OTEC’s delegates will visit famous historical sites, meet with congressional leaders and learn leadership skills. The students will also create podcasts and digital photo projects as they learn about electric cooperatives and current issues in energy and climate change legislation that face their communities and our nation.

If you are a high school sophomore heading into your junior year and would like more details on the Rural Electric Youth Tour, mark your calendar! Applications for the 2019 tour will be available beginning November 2018.

Oregon Trail Electric is a non-profit electric cooperative serving 23,000 members in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties. Youth Tour funds come from unclaimed capital credits and their earnings. They do not affect electric rates.