Marianne Snowden, HEA Member Advocate Supervisor, with Youth Rally student Joel Ribbons of Nikiski.
Students who like to travel and are looking for opportunities outside of their fundamental curriculums should learn more about applying for Homer Electric Associations (HEA) 2007 Youth Rally Contest. Once again this year HEA will select two high school students either in their sophomore or junior year within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for scholarships to attend a week-long summer camp at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho. “This is a fabulous opportunity for students wanting to advance their communication skills, fine tune their leadership abilities, and work as a team in cooperation with other students of similar age to achieve an end result,” explained Marianne Snowden, HEA Member Advocate Supervisor.
Joel Ribbens was selected as a Youth Rally scholar last year and while at camp in Caldwell was selected to represent Alaska at a Youth Rally in Washington D.C. this July, “Caldwell was an amazing experience. I didn’t realize how much I was learning at the time because I was having so much fun and meeting a lot of cool kids, but when I look back I realize how much I really got out of the program. This year I’m planning my whole summer around the Washington D.C. trip,” Ribbens told the Dispatch.
According to Snowden applicants are not selected solely based on their grade point average or athletic abilities, “Being available for the interview process during the week of April 9th is really all that is required. We are looking for an ambassador to represent our State and community well and our winners will also be announced that same week,” said Snowden. Christopher Hall of Kenai is a Youth Rally alumnus and says, “The week went by so fast I couldn’t believe it because there were so many activities that ranged from learning about business, co-ops like HEA, politics, as well as just plain fun activities. HEA funds the whole trip including travel and expenses and overall it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It may even have influenced my future choice of careers. I’m really glad I applied and would encourage everyone to apply this year.”
Hannah Watkins won the Caring for the Kenai contest in her sophomore year at KCHS, and then won a trip to Washington D.C. when selected for a national Prudential Award for her winning entry. She was also selected as a HEA Youth Rally ambassador and she said at first she had her doubts about the Idaho trip, “It was so structured I admit it didn’t look like the most fun program in the world and I thought we’d be sitting around campus in classrooms all day, but when I got there I had so much fun, I was so totally wrong. You meet all these other great kids from small towns like ours and it’s really great to share the experience of others and what rural coops like HEA really mean to America. The Youth Rally also opened a lot of other opportunities for me, spring break I’m leaving for Las Vegas to attend a meeting where I’ll get to learn more about co-ops and how they work,” said Watkins. Applications for the 2007 Youth Rally are available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer or on line at www.homerelectric.com Applications must be submitted to HEA no later than 5:00pm, Monday, April 2nd. For more information contact Marianne Snowden at 235-8551 in Homer, or 1-800-478-8551
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