Sangre de Cristo Electric Selects Three Students for 2020 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Salida High School students Hannah Rhude and Daniel Richardson, and Cotopaxi Consolidated Schools student Jonah Bertolino will represent their respective schools, communities and Sangre de Cristo Electric Association at the 2020 Youth Tour held in Washington, D.C., in June. They will join students from around the state in Denver for a day to get acquainted and learn about rural electric systems in Colorado before boarding a plane and flying off to our nation’s capital for seven days.

Sponsored by their local rural electric cooperatives, students from all over the United States meet to tour the sites around the Washington, D.C., area and to meet with energy industry and government officials. More than 1,900 students attended the event in 2019. A full day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with the Colorado congressional delegation and eating lunch in the cafeteria with congressional staffers. The students are introduced to issues faced by rural electric cooperatives on a state and national level.

This is an all-expenses-paid trip and the winners are selected based on their application and an essay on why they would be a good candidate for the experience.

Application packets are available for download from SDCEA’s website each year in early October. The deadline for application submissions is the beginning of January.

For more information contact (719) 395-2412 or toll-free (844) 395-2412, or email