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Iowa’s Electric Cooperatives Sent 37 Students to D.C. for a Week of Leadership Development

Thirty-seven high school students representing Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 8-14 and joined more than 1,800 other students from across the nation for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Iowa’s electric cooperatives were the first ones to send students to Washington, D.C., back in 1958; this year marks the 60th anniversary of the journey.


“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students, and we’re proud to send 37 of Iowa’s best and brightest to our nation’s capital this year to participate,” said Chuck Soderberg, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.  “These students gained a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and made connections with other student leaders from across the country that will last a lifetime. We look forward to continuing the Youth Tour tradition for years to come.”


Mallorie Wookey was sponsored by Southwest Iowa REC.  Mallorie is from Red Oak and is a junior at Stanton Community High School.  She was selected by an independent committee through an essay and interview process.


Students on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour participated in leadership training, engaged in one-on-one conversations with elected officials, jumpstarted their national peer network, learned about electric cooperatives, and toured the monuments and museums of Washington, D.C.


Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. Nationally, nearly 50,000 students have participated in this program over the decades. For more information, visit


Mallorie Wookey holding a sign thanking Southwest Iowa REC



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