Valley REC sponsors students on Youth Tour

Courtesy photo Valley Rural Electric Cooperative sponsored 15 area high school students on the 2018 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., June 10-15. The students are (from left): Chandler Edwards, Morgan Clouser, Alex James, Nicholas Pearce, Chloe Harrison, Josh Pandolph, Adriana Loner, Ryan Bennet, Neely Ayers, Savannah Zook, Brittany Chadwick, Jacob Christophel and Olivia Wilson.

HUNTINGDON — Valley Rural Electric Cooperative sponsored 15 high school students from eight different school districts on the 2018 Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., held June 10-15.

The teens had the opportunity to spend time in the nation’s capital meeting with legislators, touring the nation’s capital and learning about the cooperative business model.

Joining them were nearly 1,800 other juniors and seniors from electric cooperatives all over the country.

The all-expenses-paid trip is packed with activities, including meetings with lawmakers and rural electric leaders, visits to historic monuments throughout Washington and tours of the Smithsonian museums, Holocaust Museum, National Zoo and Arlington Cemetery.

Applicants were interviewed and selected based on academic achievement, leadership in extra-curricular activities and community service.

Local students included:

Mount Union Area High School — Adriana Loner, daughter of Jessi Loner, who plans to attend the Berklee College of Music to become a music producer; and Nicholas Pearce, son of Christina and Robert Pearce, who plans to attend Stevens Institute of Technology or the University of Pitts-burgh to major in civil engineering.

Williamsburg Com-munity High School — Alex James, son of Shane and Daniel James, who plans to attend Penn State and become a music director; Chandler Edwards, son of Dawn Isenberg and Brian Edwards, who plans to major in psychology; and Morgan Clouser, daughter of Melissa Bungard and Christopher Clouser, who plans to attend Penn State to major in astronomy.

Southern Huntingdon County High School — Jacob Christophel, son of Nicolee and Dwayne Chris-tophel, who plans to major in computer graphics de-sign; and Ryan Bennett, son of Linda and Dennis Ben-nett, who plans to major in biology at Penn State.

Central High School, Martinsburg — Neeley Ayers, daughter of Barbara Ayers, who plans to study forensic psychology; and Caroline Eckenrode, daughter of Jim and Luanne Eck-enrode, who plans to attend Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, or Saint Francis University, Loretto, to study dance or counseling.

Mifflin County High School — Justin Jacobs, son of Jennifer and Jeff Jacobs, plans to attend Liberty University to major in digital media video; and Savannah Zook, daughter of Angela and Wade Zook, who plans to attend Harris-burg Community College or Lock Haven University to study communications, political science and computer programming.

Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School — Josh Pandolph, son of Mel-issa and Michael Pandolph, who plans to attend Penn College to study information technology.

Forbes Road High School — Chloe Harrison, daughter of Kristy and Troy Harrison, who plans to attend Shippensburg University to study early childhood education.

Huntingdon Area High School — Olivia Wilson, daughter of Wendy Dick and Mark Wilson, who plans to study engineering physics and secondary education at Juniata College, Huntingdon.

Tussey Mountain high School, Saxton — Brittany Chadwick, daughter of Annette and Darrin Chadwick, who plans to become an elementary school teacher.

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility that serves more than 21,000 consumers in Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties. For more information, contact the member services department at 643-2650 or 800-432-0680 or email member