On June 12, 1,644 high school students from across the country descended on the nation’s capital as part of the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour for a week-long educational and learning experience. Each year, Garkane Energy selects and sponsors one student from 12 Utah and Arizona high schools within their service district to attend the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. Garkane selected Bre Hammon to attend this year’s youth tour and she represented the cooperative in an exceptional manner.  

From the group of 1,644 students, one representative from each state was selected to be on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and to represent their respective states at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. 

Neal Brown of Garkane Energy said, “Bre’s natural leadership ability is apparent and one of the main reasons she was chosen to serve as the Utah delegate on the Youth Leadership Council.” 

The YLC delegates returned to Washington, D.C. in July for a leadership workshop to enhance the delegate’s knowledge of the energy industry, while testing the student’s public speaking skills. The 43 Youth Council delegates were given the opportunity to give a five to seven minute speech on what inspired them during their Youth Tour experience.

A panel of judges then selected one standout student based on the individual’s speech to be the National Spokesperson at the NRECA annual meeting in Orlando. Hammon’s excellent public speaking skills, coupled with her superb writing talent, won her the coveted spot as the National Youth Spokesperson out of the 1,644 brightest young minds who attended the youth tour in Washington, D.C.

Hammon said, “Garkane is doing more than providing power to our homes, they are providing empowerment to our youth. I’m glad I could bring this honor home to the cooperative in return for the amazing experience given to me by Garkane Energy.”