2019 Washington Youth Tour Winners Selected

Emmett Stevens, Chantel Rumenapp, and Kelly Huang will represent CEC in June.
Emmett Stevens, Chantel Rumenapp, and Kelly Huang will represent CEC in June.

This year’s Central Electric Cooperative Washington, D.C. Youth Tour winners represent the best and brightest Central Oregon’s high schools have to offer.

Due to the high caliber of candidates, the CEC Board of Directors approved sending three representatives to Washington, D.C., instead of the originally intended two. CEC is pleased to announce Kelly Huang from Madras High School, Chantel Rumenapp from Ridgeview High School, and Emmett Stevens from Redmond Proficiency Academy will represent the cooperative this June.

“These students excel, both inside and outside of the class room,” says Jeff Beaman, CEC director of member and public relations. “We know this trip to Washington, D.C. will provide valuable, life-long experiences for these students and help equip them to become community leaders in the future.”

A 4.0 student, Huang is a member of the National Honor Society, Skills USA, Key & Interact Club, and Junior Class Secretary. When not studying or working in her family’s restaurant, Kelly enjoys reading, going on adventures, and spending time with family and friends.

An avid musician and scholar athlete, Rumenapp plays flute in Ridgeview’s Wind Ensemble and is a member of the Redmond Cross Country Nordic Skiing team and Ridgeview’s Track and Field team.  Rumenapp enjoys with friends and family, learning other languages, and video game programming.

A Senior Patrol Leader in the Boy Scouts, Emmett is a member of the National Honor Society and captain of RPA’s Ultimate Frisbee team. When not serving up coffee and smiles at Dutch Brothers, he volunteers with local church groups and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

The Washington Youth Tour is a program offered by electric cooperatives throughout the nation to high school juniors from their co-op membership. Participants receive an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital and an immersion into the nation’s history visiting sites like Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian. In addition, students not only meet with other participants their age from across the nation, but they also get the opportunity to discuss current issues with Congressional representatives and senators.