Students Achieve Success in Pioneer Electric Youth Tour Program

From 67 applicants to four delegates, Southern Pioneer Electric congratulated Clare Pollock of South Barber High School; Alayna McGuire of Cunningham High School; Daylen Schnittker of Cunningham High School and Brecken Webber of Sublette High School for their success in 2020’s Youth Tour program. McGuire and Webber will represent Southern Pioneer at the Government in Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. and Schnittker and Pollock will attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO.

“Every year, our judges interview so many outstanding sophomores and juniors and have the tough job of selecting the four students to win these trips,” said Dee Longoria, program coordinator and energy services coordinator. “Southern Pioneer Electric recognizes that our youth are our future leaders and that we need to provide them with opportunities to learn about our nation and to develop their leadership skills through these trips.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., covers the power of democratic control and civic engagement. Students have opportunities to meet with legislators, tour historical monuments and view the history that has shaped our country. The Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp focuses on giving students tools to better themselves as leaders and learn about the cooperative system. Students interact with various presenters and begin pinpointing their strengths as leaders. This camp challenges students through multiple leadership roles and gives them a chance to look at leadership in completely different ways. At camp, students visit with professionals in the electric cooperative industry, participate in team-building activities, manage their own “candy cooperative,” go rafting and participate in additional team-building activities.

“Southern Pioneer Electric is proud to be a part of the Kansas Electric Cooperative’s (KEC) Youth Tour program,” said Longoria.  “More than 1,800 young people from 45 states participate in the Youth tour every year. Our delegates come back from their trips with a sense of gratitude, have made new friends and bring back new skills to their communities.”

Questions regarding either trip, the judging process and requests for details regarding 2021’s program may be directed to