Five high school juniors will receive a $250 college scholarship and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., or Steamboat Springs, Colorado., through the Western Cooperative Electric youth contest program.
The winners were selected based on their combined scores in three areas: essay writing, personal interview, and electric cooperative knowledge.
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Winners
Jonathan Spachek, Ellsworth High School, son of Kurt and Linda Spachek; and Ethan Reever, Otis-Bison High School, son of TJ and Kristi Reever, are the top two qualifying entrants in this year’s contest, winning the all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Western and Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Spachek and Reever will represent Western in our nation’s capital. from June 18-25. These students will have the opportunity to meet their U.S. representatives and senators, tour the White House, and visit monuments, memorials and museums.
Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp
Alicia Phlieger, Hays High School, daughter of Scott and Dawn Phlieger; and Samantha Robben, Hoxie High School, daughter of Doug and Kim Robben, are the third- and fourth-place winners who will be attending the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from July 10-16 sponsored by Western and KEC.
Phlieger and Robben will join 100 other students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to develop leadership skills, create their own co-op, and tour a coal mine and a power plant.
Fifth-place winner Carlee Flax, Western Plains High School, daughter of Kevin Flax, Ransom, will serve as an alternate to the trips and receive the $250 Darrell Brown Memorial Scholarship.