Local student selected for LPEA for DC youth tour

Area high school students Megan Bryant (Pagosa Springs), Zeb Cyr (Bayfield) and Anthony Porambo (Ignacio) have been selected to participate in the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C. hosted by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) and The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

The opportunity to participate in the DC Youth Tour, this year scheduled for June 11-18, is open to all area high school juniors who receive their electric power from La Plata Electric Association, and LPEA endeavors to accept a student from each municipal district. No entries were received from Durango this year.

Students completed an application and penned a 500-word essay on any aspect of the electric industry. Their efforts were judged anonymously by an independent committee.

Wrote Bryant, a junior from Pagosa Springs High School, “Though it is unclear just how far technology for the electrical utility industry will take us in our future, one thing is clear, electricity will remain essential for human culture and survival. I believe that it is important for humans to resort to more renewable energy resources … so we can help ensure the healthy existence of Earth.”

To review the complete essays of the winning Youth Tour applicants, visit the LPEA Web site, www.lpea.coop.

Bryant, Cyr and Porambo will join juniors from LPEA’s sister electric co-ops across Colorado for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The schedule includes an intimate look at the nation’s capitol and the government from the inside. Students will explore issues surrounding the electric industry as well as discuss current concerns with national and state Congressional representatives — key in this era of potential energy shortage. Social activities are also part of the agenda.

Applications for the 2010 Washington DC Youth Tour will be available in Nov. 2009 through La Plata Electric or area high school counselors. Home-schooled students are also eligible.

For further information, contact Jeannie Bennett, 382-3505 or jbennett@lpea.coop.