Two area students win trip to Washington D.C.

Colin Keady from Alma and Emily Staton of Magazine, are the recent winners of an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The two students were selected as winners of an essay contest sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Colin is a Junior at Alma High School and is the son of Steven and Marla Keady. He is DECA club Vice President, Chair of his school’s Teenage Republicans, Junior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, Crawford County Junior Fair Board, ACT 30+ club, Math club, a Boy’s State delegate, and winner of the 110% Principal’s Award. Colin’s hobbies include collecting bicycle card decks, politics, volunteering and emceeing events. His future goals are to attend the University of Arkansas, major in Political Science and minor in Broadcasting. He hopes to become a political commentator and eventually enter into political service.

Emily is the daughter of Joe and Carrie Staton. She is a Junior at Magazine High School. Emily is Junior class President, President of 4-H and FFA, MHS Cheer Captain, plays Second Base on the Varsity Softball team, Student Council Secretary, Beta Club Parliamentarian, a member of FBLA, FCA, and the Youth Congressional Cabinet. Her main hobbies center around her interest in Agriculture. Her future goals are the attend college and earn a degree that will help her work with disabled children or in the public relations field. Eventually she would like to become involved in politics.

Each year, a contest is held for high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation. For this year’s contest, the students were asked to write an essay on “Why I Would Be a Good Youth Tour Representative.” A panel of judges selected the two winners from the entries submitted.

These students, along with about 40 other Arkansas youth, will travel to Washington D.C. Upon arrival, they will join thousands of other youth from across the United States to tour the city’s landmarks. The purpose of the Youth Tour is to educate the students about our country and the rural electrification program in order to provide a better understanding of our form of government and the value of rural electric cooperatives.