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Two seniors to visit Congress

This summer, two rising high school seniors will get an opportunity to visit the halls of Congress, learn more about the political process and develop their leadership skills during an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour held June 16-22, 2012.
Each June, nearly 1,500 high school students from across the country get the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s important issues in the energy industry. Students will meet their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, attend legislative briefings and visit historic sites.
Interested students are required to live in the EnergyUnited service area; however, they do not have to receive electricity from EnergyUnited to be eligible. To enter, students must download and complete the application form at www.energyunited.com/youth_tour.asp. Applicants are also required to write a 250- to 500-word letter to an elected official — local, state or national representative — that focuses on a topic important to the student.
All qualified applicants will be invited to an interview in late February or early March. Following that, students will be selected to participate in Youth Tour or other upcoming leadership conferences.
Those interested are encouraged to apply now, and the deadline is Monday, Feb. 6. For more information, call 800-522-3793. Faxes will not be accepted. Applications and letters should be submitted to:
EnergyUnited
ATTN: Washington Youth Tour
P.O. Box 1831
Statesville, N.C. 28687
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been a joint effort of local electric cooperatives, such as EnergyUnited, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Va., for 47 years.

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