Two Redmond students were chosen to represent Central Electric Cooperative in the Washington Youth Tour, an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C,. sponsored by electric cooperatives around the nation, according to a news release from the cooperative.

Chantel Rumenapp, from Ridgeview High, and Emmett Stevens, from Redmond Proficiency Academy, were chosen, alongside Kelly Huang, from Madras High, from a group of “high caliber” candidates from Central Oregon who applied for the opportunity.

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. Some of her other interests include learning other languages and video game programming.

Emmett is a senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts, a member of the National Honor Society and captain of RPA’s ultimate Frisbee team. He works at Dutch Brothers and volunteers with local church groups.

“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.”

Huang is a 4.0 student and a member of the National Honor Society, Skills USA, Key & Interact Club, as well as serving as Junior Class Secretary at Madras High School.

The trip will include visiting Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian, as well as an opportunity to discuss current issues with Congressional representatives and senators.

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