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High school juniors invited to apply for Washington D.C. Youth Tour

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), in partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), is seeking high school juniors interested in participating in the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C., set for June 11-17. Application deadline is Dec. 10.

Annually high school juniors sponsored by LPEA join students from electric cooperatives across Colorado for this unique and all-expense paid experience to Washington D.C. It features an intimate look at the federal government and the nation’s capitol, including museum and monument tours, as well as interaction with Colorado’s elected representatives. Social activities are also part of the adventure.

“The country is facing tremendous challenges in the energy industry, so it’s important that our next generation have a clear understanding about energy policy development at the federal level,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we really encourage our local high school students to apply.”

All area high school juniors whose households receive electric power from LPEA are eligible to apply. LPEA will sponsor one student from each municipality — Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Ignacio. Home school students are also eligible.

To be considered, students must complete the D.C. Tour application and submit it to LPEA, along with an essay of no more than 500 words regarding any aspect of the electric energy industry. Participants will be evaluated on their essays, which will be reviewed by an independent committee. Those selected will be notified over the holidays.

Applications are available on the LPEA website,, from high school counselors or at the LPEA Durango and Pagosa Springs offices. For further information or questions regarding the D.C. Youth Tour, contact LPEA Project Specialist Ray Pierotti, 382-7770.