Students participate in Youth Day

Students participate in Youth Day

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Rep. Avery Bourne and Sen. Sam McCann met with students representing MJM Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day, held March 29 in Springfield. More than 240 students from 25 co-ops around the state had an opportunity to visit the state capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues.

“Elected officials always enjoy the opportunity to meet with students and learn first-hand some of their concerns, especially in this current political climate,” said Duane Noland, president and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. “Many of the issue debated in the Illinois General Assembly affect their future.”

During lunch, Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones, challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to use their voices and reach out to their representatives and senators. Sophia Marcolla, the 2016-17 Illinois Youth Leadership Council representative from Adams Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experience on the Youth to Washington tour and the importance of leadership.

While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. At the end of the day, the students were interviewed for the chance to participate in this year’s Youth to Washington tour, to be held June 9-16.

Students representing MJM Electric Cooperative attended Youth Day in Springfield on March 29. Pictured, from left, are Garrett Stritzel, Nathan Hatalla, Sen. Sam McCann, Nicholas DeVries, Oliver Johnson and Daniel Card.