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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 13-19 in Washington D.C. She is a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School and the daughter of Christopher and Michelle Malone.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of electric cooperatives sending high school students to Washington. The Youth Tour was inspired in 1957 by Lyndon Johnson, then a U.S. senator from Texas, when he called on electric cooperatives to send young people to Washington, “to see what the flag stands for and represents.”

While meeting nationally known political figures and visiting historical sites in and around the Capitol, students learn about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level.

Contestants completed TEC’s online contest exam. High scorers of the exam were granted interviews. The contest winner was chosen based on the results of the online exam and the interview.

In June, Malone will join about 1,500 other high school students sponsored by other electric cooperatives across 43 states. Since 1964, over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over America have participated in the Rural Electric Youth Tour.

Each year TEC hosts the Youth Tour Contest which is open to high school juniors or seniors attending one of the following high schools: Caledonia, Chosen Valley, Cotter, Fillmore Central, Hope Lutheran, Houston, Kingsland, La Crescent, Lanesboro, LeRoy-Ostrander, Lewiston-Altura, Mabel-Canton, Rushford-Peterson, St. Charles, Spring Grove, Stewartville or Winona. Home schoolers who live within the cooperative’s service territory are also eligible. For more information about TEC’s Youth Tour visit

TEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving three counties in Minnesota including: Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota and Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It provides electricity to more than 13,000 services in the area. TEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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