By Lisa Franck

Two high school juniors have been chosen to represent East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., June 9 to June 15.

The two winners, Macy Arbuckle and Cade Shramek, will visit historical sites, spend a day on Capitol Hill, meet congressional leaders, and more. They will join approximately 1,500 other youth who are also sponsored by their RECs.

Macy Arbuckle is a home-schooled junior and the daughter of Jim and Carol Arbuckle. Through the Home-School Assistance Program, Macy participates in yearly drama productions. As the recipient of a scholarship from the Iowa Honey Producers Association, Macy earned an entire hive setup. At Benton County’s Ag Day, Macy helped educate third-graders about bees.

Macy plays piano and guitar and teaches guitar lessons. Her community activities include membership at Oak Grove Christian Church and volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House.

Cade Shramek attends Prairie High School and is the son of Don and Lora Shramek of Amana. Cade is the percussion section leader for symphonic band and takes part in marching band, chorale choir, select men’s choir, and National Honor Society.

Cade plays on the Prairie soccer team as well as the Premier Soccer Club of Eastern Iowa. As a member of Monroe Hustlers 4-H Club, Cade has served as treasurer and on the recreation committee. His other community involvement includes serving on the Johnson County Youth Council, and he is very involved with St. Mary’s church in Oxford.

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.

For more information on how you can participate in East-Central Iowa REC’s Youth Tour program, contact ECI REC toll free 877-850-4343, or log onto ECI REC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.