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These local students went on the NRECA Washington D.C. Youth Tour last summer. Pictured, left to right, are Ben Olson, Adam Sheptock, Cheyenne Sipkema, Brianna Coster.

RENSSELAER — Jasper County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative has once again chosen students from their membership to receive educational opportunities. This summer, a record number of local high school juniors will go on the National Electric Rural Cooperative Association’s Washington D.C. Youth Tour.

“We usually only have three or four applications,” said Stephanie Johnson, the Marketing and Member Services Manager. “This year we had eight and we didn’t want to leave anyone behind.”

The Youth Tour has been offered by the co-op since the early 1960’s. Students attending the Youth Tour include Will Dyniewski of DeMotte, Kylee Geeve of Wheatfield, Alex Gull of Rensselaer, Sarah Mahnesmith of Rensselaer, Marlene McGing of Wheatfield, Dylan Ortyl of DeMotte, Jacob Parrish of Rensselaer; Ethan Tillema of Wheatfield.

Another group of students will be attending Touchstone Energy Camp in Brookston, IN. Students on REMC lines who are in sixth going into seventh grade are offered this summer camp experience. The students learn to climb poles, work as a team and have a lot of fun on the extensive Camp Tecumseh grounds. Students attending Touchstone Energy Camp are Nevan Odle of Rensselaer, Emily Parker of Rensselaer, Avery Stanley of Rensselaer.

Lastly, REMC offers $500 Bruce and Sharon Nesius scholarships to three high school seniors. The applications are from Kankakee Valley High School, Rensselaer Central High School and all other schools and home school students combined. One student is chosen from each group to accept the award. Nesius Scholarships have been issued to Rebecca Caldwell of Wheatfield, Sarah Johns of Francesville and Drew Meyer of Rensselaer.

“I am always impressed with the caliber of students we have in our area,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of shining stars who will go on to do great things.”

About the JCREMC

The Jasper County REMC was formed in 1938 and is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative based in Rensselaer, Indiana. This Touchstone Energy cooperative serves over 9,000 meters across almost 1,200 miles of line in Jasper, Newton, White, Starke, Pulaski and Porter counties. The goal of the cooperative is to provide their members with reliable electric service at the lowest cost possible.