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Park Rapids student returns from I-M Washington, D.C. tour

Grace Bateman stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during an Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June. (Submitted photo)

Grace Bateman of Park Rapids was among more than 1,500 high school students from across the country who participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 16-21, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative sponsored Grace on this all-expense-paid trip.

Each year in June, an action-filled week provides high school students opportunities to learn more about electric cooperatives, visit famous historical monuments, and meet fellow students from cooperatives across the country.

While on the trip, Grace and the other students toured the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, toured the National Cathedral and Mount Vernon, honored the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks at the 911 Memorial, visited the Smithsonian, and stopped at the Capitol to visit with and question Senators and Representatives and learn about energy issues.

Since 1964, the nation's cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Program, visit www.itasca-mantrap .com or