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Tipmont REMC to sponsor students for Washington D.C. trip

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LINDEN — Area high school juniors are eligible to apply for the Indiana Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Tipmont REMC. Applications are available online at tipmont.org/youthtour or by contacting Tipmont Member Service at 800-726-3953. This year’s trip is June 16-23.

Applications are due Jan. 31. Applicants do not need to receive service from Tipmont REMC to be eligible. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply. Finalists will interview with Tipmont staff in February with the selected students notified by the end of February.

“This trip is a tremendous opportunity for our local youth,” said Rob Ford, Tipmont REMC Communication Director and a chaperone on the trip. “Many of these students haven’t been to Washington D.C. before, so it’s gratifying to give them the chance to see how our government works and how they can have a voice in the political process.”

The 2022 trip marks the Youth Tour’s return following a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. High-risk individuals or students with pre-existing medical conditions are encouraged to contact Youth Tour Director Ann Mears at amears@indianaec.org before submitting an application.

Students participating in the trip will visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian museums; tour the Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials, take a night cruise on the Potomac River, and much more.

Indiana will send a delegation of students from throughout the state. The students travel to Washington D.C. and convene with other students from up to 46 states.

Indiana Youth Tour students will also participate in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spend a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation to ask questions and share their thoughts on a variety of timely issues.

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