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Youth to Washington Tour

Local student represents Menard Electric during the nationwide Youth to Washington Tour

WASHINGTON – What do you get when 71 students from 27 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives join more than 1,800 of their peers across the United States? You get the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth to Washington Tour.

Jared Owens of Sherman represented Menard Electric Cooperative on the all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 8-15 as part of the annual Youth Tour. Jared was awarded the trip along with a college scholarship as part of the co-op’s Youth to Washington Scholarship program.

Jared toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Darin LaHood. He also visited historical and cultural sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, Newseum, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, a variety of memorials and the U.S. Capitol. Among fun activities the students enjoyed were the Marine Corps Sunset Parade, the Smithsonian Museums and an assembly of Youth Tour participants from across the nation.

“Youth Tour is a great opportunity that changes these students’ lives,” says Alisha Anker, General Manager of Menard Electric. “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.”

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric and telephone utilities have sponsored more than 60,000 high school students to visit Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Youth to Washington Tour, go to

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