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2016 Rural Electric Youth Tour

The Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour was held June 12th – 17th in Washington, D.C. United Electric proudly sends students every year that will have completed their junior year of high school by that time. This year your electric cooperative selected and sent 8 students:

Collyn Bennett: Curwensville Area High School and Clearfield County Career and Technology Center. He is the son of James and Gloria Bennett of Curwesnville.

Bryce Bright: DuBois Area High School and is the son of Brian and Michelle Bright of DuBois.

Kayla Chambers: Calvary Baptist Academy and is daughter of Bryon and Diane Chambers of Mahaffey.

Emily Eyler: Punxsutawney Area High School and is the daughter of Barry and Tammy Eyler of Punxsutawney.

Jared Hawkins: DuBois Area High School and is the son of Leonard and Kandace Hawkins of DuBois.

Tyler Kauffman: Purchase Line Jr/Sr. High School and is the son of Raymond and Jodie Kauffman of Mahaffey.

Amanda Pennington: Harmony Area Jr/Sr. High School. She is the daughter of Terry and Carla Pennington and James and Faye Lauer, Jr. of Westover.

Zachary White: Harmony Area Jr/Sr. High School and is the son of Roger and Melanie White of Westover.

Youth Tour is designed to encourage the leaders of tomorrow by giving them the chance to expand their horizons. Whether the students are encountering the true cost of freedom at Arlington National Cemetery, or gathering information from their local Congressman or Senators, Youth Tour is a truly positive knowledge gathering experience for the qualified students who are selected to attend. The Youth Tour is a valuable and exciting learning experience, which provides juniors in high school the chance to meet other students from all over the country and tour of our nation’s capital.

We would like to congratulate these students on being selected to represent United Electric Cooperative at the 2016 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

United Electric has been sending students to Washington, D.C. for many years. This trip is, indeed, a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain valuable knowledge through historical site seeing and experiencing firsthand how part of the legislation process functions. It also provides an understanding of electric cooperatives locally, as well as through our statewide and national associations.

On behalf of the United Electric Board of Directors and myself, I want to thank this year’s students for representing United Electric so well.

Brenda Swartzlander
President & CEO

Stephen Marshall
Chairman of the Board

Youth Tour offers high school juniors the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for a week and experience all the beauty and history of the nation's capital. Each student is also eligible for the Jody Loudenslager Scholarship as well as the chance to be selected as the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Outstanding Youth Tour Student of the Year.

Click here to download the 2017 Youth Tour Forms