Two area students represented Shelby Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 13-20: Morgan Partlow, daughter of Scott and Leslie Partlow of Neoga, and Ryan Stenger, son of Jeff and Sandy Stenger of Shelbyville.
This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction for rural youth to our democratic form of government and the cooperative business model.
The students met with Congressman John Shimkus and were among 75 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,600 young leaders from across the country from 44 states. In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, The U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum and a number of other historical sites.
Juniors in high schools that are within the service area of Shelby Electric Cooperative are eligible to participate in the annual program. Call the cooperative to learn more about the “Youth to Washington” Tour at 1-800-677-2612.
Shelby Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Shelby Electric is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 9,962 meters over 2,189 miles of line in parts of Christian, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon and Shelby counties. For more information visit www.shelbyelectric.coop. Like the cooperative on Facebook, facebook.com/YourCoop or search Shelby Electric Cooperative.