Each year, Wheatland sponsors three area students on trips of a lifetime. This year, winners were BRE AKIU, Conway Springs; ERIN HALL, Norwich; and MARCOS MARTINEZ, Great Bend. Winners were selected by Wheatland Electric through an application and interview process based on academic achievements positive attitude and involvement within their community.
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Hall and Martinez were selected by Wheatland Electric to attend the 56th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., from June 9-16. They joined more than 1,700 other high school students nationwide to visit with their state’s senators and members of Congress, tour historic monuments and memorials.
This year’s delegation of 36 Kansas youth and four Hawaii youth began their trip with a banquet in Topeka featuring youth tour alumni Mike O’Neal, Former Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives; Brant Laue, Chief Counsel for Gov. Sam Brownback; Rep. Steven Johnson; and Rep. Kyle Hoffman; and a night tour of the Kansas State Capitol. Before flying to Washington, D.C., on Friday, the delegation had breakfast at Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative where linemen presented an electrical safety demonstration and gave bucket truck rides.