A New Hampton High School junior has won a free trip to Washington, D.C.
The Chickasaws’ Elaina Rosonke, daughter of Allen and Nikki Rosonke, scored an educational-filled week of adventure in the nation’s capital as MiEnergy Cooperative’s Youth Tour Contest winner. Rosonke will be among a group of some 1,900 students sponsored by electric cooperatives from across the country to take part in the Rural Electric Youth Tour, June 18-24.
This is the first Youth Tour since 2019 after COVID forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 tours. The Youth Tour was inspired in 1957 by Lyndon Johnson, then a U.S. senator from Texas, when he called on electric cooperatives to send young people to Washington, “to see what the flag stands for and represents.”
The students will meet with state and federal legislators to get an up-close look at how our government works, along with experiencing the monuments, museums and history of our nation’s capital.
MiEnergy Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative providing electricity to more than 18,700 members in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa including Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek counties.