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Local students earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

Five local high school students, including two from Farmington and one from Rosemount, were recently selected to receive a trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Dakota Electric Association. Zachary Eichten of Rosemount High School, Brett Johnson of Farmington High School and Anna Larson of Christian Life School will join two others for the trip.

The students will participate in the National Rural Electric Association's annual Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, scheduled for June 14-20.

Each June, more than 1,200 high school students from around the United States travel to Washington, D.C. for the NRECA Youth Tour. The participants are selected and sponsored by their local electric cooperatives. During the week, the students learn about government and electric cooperatives. They will have the opportunity to tour many of Washington, D.C.'s sites, including the Smithsonian, the FBI Building and the Vietnam Memorial, and they also have a chance to meet their elected officials.

"Dakota Electric is proud to sponsor local students to attend an event like the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour," president and CEO Greg Miller said. "Some of the nation's brightest students gather together to have fun and learn about our government."

A panel of judges selected students after reviewing applications and interviewing them.

"We have a lot of quality students in our area and our judges always have a hard time narrowing it down to just five to go on the trip," said Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric's community relations director. "We thank all the students for applying."

Each January, Dakota Electric makes applications available for high school juniors and seniors to apply for the youth tour program.