• High school juniors invited to apply for trip to Washington D.C.

    National Rural Electric Youth Tour set for June 8-15, 2017

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), in partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), is seeking high school juniors to be a part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C., set for June 8-15, 2017. Application deadline is Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. All high school juniors whose households receive electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply.

    “The Youth Tour to Washington D.C. is unique to rural electric cooperatives across the country,” said Mike Dreyspring, LPEA CEO. “Annually, LPEA and our sister co-ops select and sponsor high school juniors for this all-expenses paid experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we encourage our local high school students to apply.”      

    The Washington D.C. Youth Tour features an intimate look at the federal government and the nation’s capitol, including museum and monument tours, as well as interaction with Colorado’s elected representatives. Social activities are also part of the adventure.

    Area high school students Jenna Engelken and Maizey Funk of Durango, Miranda Talbot of Bayfield, and Adeline Thompson of Pagosa Springs represented LPEA as part of Youth Tour in 2016.

    “My Youth Leadership Tour to Washington D.C. was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Miranda Talbot. “I met incredible friends and saw beautiful historical places. Visiting D.C. gave me an entirely new respect for politics, as well as stimulate a renewed interest in American history. Learning about co-ops and their contributions to rural areas truly revealed how big of an impact our small areas can have as a whole in this country. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity and will never forget the people, the places, and the memories.” 

    LPEA endeavors to sponsor one student from each municipality within its service territory – Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Ignacio. Home school students are eligible

    “To be considered, students must complete the D.C. Youth Tour application and submit it to LPEA, along with an essay of 500 words or less about any aspect of the electric energy industry,” said Jeannie Bennett, LPEA public relations coordinator overseeing the Youth Tour application process.

    Applications are available on the LPEA web site, www.lpea.coop, from high school counselors, and at the LPEA offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs. For further information regarding the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C., contact Jeannie Bennett, 970.382.3505 or jbennett@lpea.coop.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.