— Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, salutes the winners in its 2020 Youth Tour Contest.
Winning the grand prize was Mackenzie Henning, Jackson; she won Federated’s free trip to Washington, D.C. June 20-25. Henning is the daughter of Brad and Ann. Mackenzie is a junior at Jackson County Central. She will be among 1,500 teenagers from across the country participating in Youth Tour, which is sponsored by electric cooperatives. She will tour the D.C. memorials and sites, witness Congress in session, visit with legislators and enjoy an evening dinner theater, while learning about cooperatives.
Second and third place awards of $150 and $100 were awarded to Amber Ruthenbeck and Emily Stauter. Ruthenbeck received second place. She is the daughter of Les and Lori, Okabena. She is a junior attending Heron Lake-Okabena High School. Stauter is a junior at Granada-Huntley-East Chain High School. She is the daughter of Rob and Lynda, Welcome.
Each applicant completed an application and an essay on an energy-related topic. The applicants also received a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com. The five finalists were called back for personal interviews March 9.
The other two finalists were Kirsten Steuber, Sherburn, and Makayla Javers, Fairmont. Steuber is a senior at Martin County West and is the daughter of Dinita. Javers is a freshman at Fairmont High School; she is the daughter of Jayme and Rick.