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Rushford-Peterson Senior wins trip to Washington D.C.

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Stephanie Wick, a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School, won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Wick will represent the cooperative on the 2010 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 12-17 in Washington D.C. She is the daughter of Robert and Michele Wick.

"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," said Brian Krambeer, TEC's president/CEO.

Contestants completed TEC's online contest exam. Those scoring 90 percent or greater were granted interviews. A panel of judges made up from members of TEC's Advisory Committee and board of directors, selected Wick as this year's winner.

In June, Wick will join about 1,400 other high school students sponsored by other electric cooperatives across the country. Electric cooperatives have been sending students to participate in this unique program since the early 1960s. To date, 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, 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 12,800 services in the area.

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