The annual gathering gave 1,833 high school sophomores and juniors — whose families are served by the cooperatives — the opportunity to learn more about public service and the cooperative business model. They meet with members of Ohio’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. Also the students visited the nation’s capital and other historic sites, including the Abraham Lincoln and World War II memorials, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and American History and more.
Each year, Firelands Electric Cooperative chooses up to two high school students to represent the co-op on the Youth Tour. The co-op serves more than 9,100 homes and businesses in Ashland, Huron, Lorain and Richland counties.
Together with 30 co-delegates from Ohio, Iarussi, the daughter of Nicholas and Heather, needed to have participated in and demonstrated leadership in school and community activities. She also had to write an essay in order to be chosen for candidacy.
Visit www.firelandsec.com/content/youth-programs to learn more about Youth Tour and Firelands Electric Co-op’s other youth programs.