Midwest Energy is sending five students from western and central Kansas to Washington, D.C., for the 54th annual “Government in Action” Youth Tour, June 12-19.
The tour is coordinated by Kansas Electric Cooperatives, the statewide service organization for the rural electric co-ops in Kansas.
The students selected by Midwest Energy to attend the trip are: Rebecca Bange of Golden Plains High School, daughter of Christopher and Vicky Bange, Rexford; Jacob Brubaker of Cheylin High School, son of Gary and Jane Brubaker, Bird City; Ross Frame of Kinsely High School, son of Mark and Beth Frame, Kinsley; Seth Hachmeister of Natoma High School, son of Ken and Sheila Hachmeister, Natoma, and Matt Mindrup of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, son of Joseph and Meg Mindrup, Hays.
Once in Washington, the Kansas delegation will join more than 1,600 high school students from electric cooperatives across the nation. During their stay in Washington, students will see "Government in Action." They will meet and visit with their congressional representatives, and tour many sites including the Capitol, Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery and several memorials. New to this year's Youth Tour schedule, students will have the opportunity to attend the Broadway musical Disney's “The Lion King” at The Kennedy Center.
Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have collectively organized similar trips for more than 41,000 high school juniors and seniors. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association coordinating the Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C.