Students represent Rock Energy on trip to D.C.

Students represent Rock Energy on trip to D.C.

Youth Tour students
Meeting with Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are, from left: Amanda Stevens, Emily Larson,
Stephanie Wright, Rachel Strasser, Brooke Gardner, and Emily Suiter.

Six local students represented Rock Energy Cooperative on the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The students are Brooke Gardner and Amanda Stevens of Rockton; Emily Larson, Rachel Strasser, and Stephanie Wright of South Beloit; and Emily Suiter of Milton. They joined more than 1,800 young leaders from across the country June 8-15 for a weeklong introduction to cooperatives and the democratic form of government.

While on the bus trip from Springfield, Ill., to Washington, students established their own chip and soda co-op to learn the principles required to keep members working together for the cooperative’s success. After arriving in Washington, the students spent a day on Capitol Hill and met with Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Sen. Dick Durbin, both of Illinois.

In addition to the Capitol, they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, the National Archives, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum, and several other memorials and historical sites.

“Youth Tour is a great opportunity that changes these students’ lives,” said Shane Larson, chief executive officer of Rock Energy. “This experience helps prepare them for their futures. After touring our nation’s capital, meeting congressional representatives, and learning firsthand how our government works, they return home with valuable knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime.”

The annual Youth Tour is available to children of Rock Energy members who are high school juniors and live in the co-op’s service territory. Applications for the 2019 trip will be available in the fall.