SPECO Sends Two to Nation’s Capital

LIBERAL, Kansas—Southern Pioneer Electric is gearing up to send two area youths to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid trip from June 13-20.

Youth Tour winners Ella Burrows of Satanta and Sophia Dawson of Medicine Lodge were chosen out of almost 40 high school students to represent Southern Pioneer Electric in our nation’s Capital. Both students had to submit an application and then go through a rigorous interview process to be chosen for the trip.

Burrows and Dawson will join just over 40 students from Kansas and a handful from Hawaii, Kansas’ Youth Tour partner state. The group will be chaperoned by members of the Kansas Electric Cooperative state-wide organization as well as employees from several other cooperatives from Kansas.

The two will join Pioneer Electric’s Mia Rock and Autumn Deyoe of Ulysses on Thursday and travel to Topeka where their adventure begins. After an evening banquet welcoming all of the Kansas/Hawaii Youth Tour participants, the group will head to the Kansas State Capitol for a tour. After an early Friday flight, the group will settle in and prepare for the week to come.

Some of the highlights of the trip will be visiting numerous memorials including the Lincoln, MLK Jr. and Jefferson memorials, catching a Washington Nationals game, visit the Smithsonian museums, a river boat dinner cruise on the Potomac and touring the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The group will also spend time at the U.S. Capitol, meeting Kansas’ Congressional Delegation and staff, along with Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

Those are just some of the amazing opportunities the students will get to experience before returning home next Thursday. The trip is a week packed full of things to do and is the experience of a lifetime for many.