Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, salutes the winners in its 2023 Youth Tour Contest.

Winning the grand prize was Katie Hartke, Sherburn; she won Federated’s free trip to Washington, D.C. June 13-18. Hartke is the daughter of Doug and Lisa. She is a junior at Martin County West High School. 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 a theater performance, while learning about cooperatives.

Second and third place awards of $150 and $100 were awarded to Gabriel Wolff and Joseph Mohr; both are seniors at Jackson County Central High School.

Each applicant completed an application and an essay on an energy-related topic.  The five finalists were called back for personal interviews March 20.

The other two finalists were Megan Wheeler, Fairmont, and Isaac Stone, Fairmont, who are both freshmen at Fairmont Area Schools.