The 2017 Illinois Rural Electric Youth Day introduced 240 high school students to several of our state’s elected leaders, along with some insights about electric and telephone cooperatives.
Youth Day was sponsored on March 29 by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, with 25 co-ops from across the state participating. Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative sponsored six students from area schools at the day-long event. The group included Payton Allen and Savannah Norris from Auburn; Sophia Sanguedolce and Hailey Winslow from Glenwood High School, Jacob Harris from Pawnee, and Emily Huxtable from North Mac.
At the State Capitol, the RECC group met with Representatives Avery Bourne and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, along with Senator Sam McCann. During lunch, Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to use their voice and reach out to their representatives and senators. Sophia Marcolla, the 2016-17 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Adams Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experience on the Youth to Washington tour and the importance of leadership. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.