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Youth Tour

Youth TourYouth to Washington Tour

For over 50 years, the electric cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. EnerStar is on the hunt to for two outstanding students to represent our cooperative at the Youth Tour this year, an event that was inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1957.

EnerStar’s Youth Tour is actually two separate events: the Youth Day in Springfield and the week-long, all-expense paid Youth to Washington!

 

Youth Day in Springfield

Each year, nearly 300 outstanding students get an up close and first-hand look at democracy in action when they meet their elected representatives during Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day. Participants will tour the Capitol, visit the Abraham Lincoln Museum and meet students from across Illinois. The next event will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Youth to Washington

Winners will travel by charter bus for an all-expense paid tour of Washington, D.C. There they will create lasting memories and friendships during the week-long tour. Visits and sites include the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, the National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museums, George Washington’s home, Supreme Court, Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, Holocaust Museum, and many other sites. There is also a special twilight Potomac River Boat Cruise. The next Youth Tour to Washington will be held June 9-16, 2017. During Youth Tour, representatives have the chance to be selected to represent your state on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One student from each state is selected and they will come back to Washington, D.C., in July for a leadership workshop which will focus on the electric cooperative industry.

Selection Process

  • Two winners will be selected to represent EnerStar.
  • Candidates should be high school sophomores or juniors for the 2016-2017 school years.
  • Candidates must reside in the EnerStar service territory and receive their electricity from EnerStar.The account does not necessarily need to be in the parent's name but the student must reside in the home served by EnerStar.

Applications are due December 31, 2016.

Click here to download the Youth to Washington application!

Need Further Information? If you have any questions, please contact EnerStar’s Angela Griffin at 800-635-4145, extension 103 .

 

Past Youth to Washington Winners

2016 Andi Powers
Sydney Martin
Edgar County
Edgar County
2015 Leanna Keeney
Mackenzie Martin
Vanessa Zimmerman
Clark County
Edgar County
Douglas County
2014 Ruthann Gorrell
Sarah Powers
Zack Zimmerman
Clark County
Edgar County
Douglas County
2013 Emily Crews
Ali Brandenburg
Clark County
Edgar County
2012 Haley Bowyer
Jessica Zellers
Edgar County
Clark County
2011 Diane Gorrell
Amanda Ingram
Clark County
Edgar County
2010 Mary McKee
Makayla Wycoff
Edgar County
Clark County
2009 William (Bill) Rhoads
Denise Wallace
Clark County
2008 Landen Crews
Jacob Richardson
Clark County
Edgar County
2007 Nathan Crews
Kate Smith
Clark County
Edgar County
2006 Kyle Swalls
Adam Cash
Clark County
Edgar County
2005 John Michael Knowles
Madden Wright
Clark County
Edgar County
2004 Kacee Reynolds
Christina Patchett
Clark County
Edgar County
2003 Lauren Knowles
Melissa Wineinger
Clark County
Edgar County
2002 Shawna Goekler
Brock Williams
Clark County
Edgar County
2001 Margaret Yargus
Lewis Theil
Clark County
Edgar County
2000 Kelly Strohm
Matthew Patchett
Clark County
Edgar County
1999 Heather Hasten
Kristian Peterson
Clark County
Edgar County
1998 Jennifer Williams
Chris Williams
Clark County
Edgar County
1997 Sarah Propst
Robin Pantle
Clark County
Edgar County
1996 Eliza Williams
Matthew Boland
Clark County
Edgar County
1995 Holly Hasten
Jenny Litton
Clark County
Edgar County
1994 Greg Robinson
Luke Williams
Clark County
Edgar County
1993 Amanda Medsker
Stacia Pantle
Clark County
Edgar County
1992 Heather Miller Clark County
1990 Jennifer Hayes
Lisa Bergdolt
Clark County
Edgar County
1989 Dawn McMyne
Todd Bergdolt
Clark County
Edgar County
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