YT 2018 Days 1 & 2: New Friends and New Places

2018 Youtht Tour

Nikki Wilken and Slater Heglin have officially begun their Youth Tour journeys. The two Ulysses High School students were selected from approximately 20 candidates for the opportunity to represent Pioneer Electric at the 2018 Youth Tour. Nikki, Slater and Rae and Jay Gorman (chaperones for this year’s tour) traveled to Topeka for the first leg of their Youth Tour experience.  Once in Topeka, Nikki and Slater met with the 37 other students from across Kansas and Hawaii. They listened to past Youth Tour alumni share their experiences, toured the Kansas State Capitol Building and enjoyed making new friends.

“These are some outstanding young adults,” said Rae Gorman Manager of Energy Services.  “Our hope is that this will encourage these students build lasting skills that they will be able to bring back to their communities. We are excited to see how this experience will unfold and can’t wait to hear what they’ve gained from Youth Tour.”

Day two and the tour moves into full swing. An early morning greeted travelers as they drove to FreeState Electric Cooperative. Students were treated to a much needed breakfast and got a taste of what it means to be a part of an electric cooperative. To end their visit with FreeState, delegates and chaperones were able to join in for some bucket truck rides before heading off towards Washington, D.C.

Josh (Southern Pioneer delegate), Slater Heglin, Makalah (Southern Pioneer delegate) and Nikki Wilken pose before entering the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas.

What will be next for our travelers? Join us on June 11 for the next portion of Nikki and Slater’s Youth Tour adventures!