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Youth Tour-Washington, D.C.

Cobb selected as Beltrami Electric Cooperative
2017 Youth Tour representative

Maranatha Cobb, 2017 Youth Tour Delegate

Beltrami Electric is pleased to announce that Maranatha (Mara) Cobb has been selected as the co­operative’s 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour representative. She will join 1,500 high school students representing their cooperatives on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15, 2017.  This trip is part of an annual Youth Tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and Beltrami Electric Cooperative.

Ms. Cobb will attend the five-day event that includes visits to the Smithsonian, Mt. Vernon, the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Martin Luther King memorials.  She will also spend a day on “The Hill” where she and other Youth Tour representatives will meet with legislators and witness first-hand the day-to-day operation of the federal legislature.

As part of the selection process, candidates are required to submit an application, write a 500-word essay and submit two letters of reference from teachers, group or community leaders.  Finalists for this year’s tour visited the co-op for a short interview.

Cobb, a Bemidji homeschool student, was selected based on her strong educational background and commitment to her community – qualities that Beltrami Electric believes are important in our future community leaders. In her essay, Cobb stressed the importance of reliable electricity; how it keeps us connected while powering our daily lives.

Cobb welcomes the opportunity to further her knowledge of the legislative process and hopes to gain from her experience a better understanding of our nation’s rich political history and looks forward to sharing that experience when she returns.  Mara is the daughter of Kenneth and Abbigail Cobb of Bemidji, Minn.

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This co-op sponsored educational event is valued at $2,050 (includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and tours).

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